UNBELIEVABLE MOVE: Andrea Pirlo to manage a club in Turkey
The best players not always make the best managers; just ask any of Diego Maradona, Michel Platini or Alan Shearer. However, some players seemed destined for a great career as coaches, and if you asked anyone before he retired with New York City FC in 2017, Andrea Pirlo was one of those.
And yet, things don't seem to be quite clicking for the Italian maestro. His career started on a high, when days after being designated as the Juventus U23 team, he was promoted to the first team job with la Vecchia Signora following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri. Things started well for Pirlo, winning his first competitive match on September 2020 as Juventus beat Sampdoria 3-0 at home, and he'd lift his first trophy as a manager when Juve beat Napoli 2-0 in the 2020 Supercoppa Italiana in January 2021, but things quickly turned sour.
Under Pirlo, Juventus were eliminated from the 2020-21 Champions League by Porto, relative minnows in the European game, and the nine-times defending champions only secured a top four finish in the last day of the season, conceding the Scudetto for the first time since 2012. Soon after, Juventus announced the departure of Pirlo, and the Italian manager has remained looking for new opportunities ever since.
Until now, it seems. According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Andrea Pirlo will become the new manager of Turkish SuperLig side Fatih Karagümrük SK.
It will certainly be a big step down from the highs of Juventus and a top European league for Pirlo, althought Karagümrük has been a rising force in Turkish football since it was purchased by Süleyman Hurma in 2018. The club finished 8th in the SuperLig last season, when they returned to Turkish top flight for the first time in 36 years. It could be a chance for Pirlo to get some impressive results and put his managing career back on track, but only time will tell.
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