• As Old Lady, Sarri part ways over Champions League ouster 

Maurizio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane, Simone Inzaghi

Hours after the Old Lady of Turin parted ways with Coach Maurizio Sarri, several big names in global football management are being touted as possible replacements for the chain-smoking former Chelsea manager.

But plans for the new gaffer are still in their infancy and no contact has been made with any of the potential successors

The Bianconeri dispensed with Sarri’s coaching services hours after crashing out of this year’s Champions League, but who will they turn to next remains the big question already being asked by their disillusioned fans?

Following their Champions League exit at the hands of Olympique Lyon, the Continassa hierarchy held a meeting following the Old Lady’s failure to progress to the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition, with Sarri’s future at the club the only point on the agenda in the wake of the continental disappointment.

It was decided that the 61-year-old former Chelsea and Napoli boss is no longer the man to take the club forward, with Juve’s signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid making clear that their intention was to win the Champions League after several years of near-misses.

A club statement read: “Juventus announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the first team.

“The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football.”

Sarri’s future had been previously called into question despite leading the club to a ninth-successive Scudetto, with the former banker admitting himself that he had been struggling to impose his famous ‘Sarriball’ style on the squad.

Indeed, following the first-leg defeat against Lyon, Sarri stated that his charges had been moving the ball too slow but that he would continue working with his players until “sooner or later this concept will get into their heads”.

That admission will have done the Italian few favours as the board considered their options, with the feeling amongst those in charge that the head coach had failed to win over the players and that a new approach would be required to see the club progress.

It is no secret that Simone Inzaghi is well liked by those at Continassa following his successful season with Lazio, while Zinedine Zidane, who is still under contract with Real Madrid, is another name that is never far from discussions in Turin.

Mauricio Pochettino, currently out of work despite having led Tottenham to the Champions League final last season, also forms part of the list of names being considered to replace Sarri.

Aside Pochettino, who has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham in 2019, former Juve bosses Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte have also been linked with the job in recent weeks.

Others on the list of candidates for the position include club legend Andrea Pirlo, who recently took on his first coaching role with the Bianconeri’s Under-23 side.

For now, however, it is understood that internal discussions are still in their infancy and no moves have been made to contact potential successors. –  Goal.com

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