Juventus sack manager Maurizio Sarri after Champions League exit to Lyon after just one season in charge and despite leading the Turin giants to a ninth straight Serie A title.
Despite leading the Turin giants to a ninth straight Serie A title, supporters and the club’s hierarchy have been left unimpressed by the veteran 61-year-old.
His fate was sealed the day after the early European exit at the hands of Lyon.
The official announcement was released on Saturday following a crisis meeting held between members of the club’s hierarchy – and Sportsmail understands Mauricio Pochettino has already been contacted to replace Sarri.
It is believed that the 48-year-old, who remains out of work after his Tottenham dismissal, would have accepted Juventus’ approach through an intermediary. It is expected he will be the first candidate to formally interviewed.
Club chairman Andrea Agnelli fronted up the decision to replace the man in the hot seat. Long-standing servants Giorgio Chiellini and Gianlugi Buffon would have been informed about Sarri’s sacking first and also given assurances over a potential successor.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has often single-handedly spared Sarri from greater criticism this campaign, netted twice but the Old Lady crashed out on away goals after Memphis Depay struck from the penalty spot.
Juventus’ form after clinching yet another league title raised alarms, with the club limping over the line following a torrid run of two wins from their last eight fixtures.
Their points tally of 83, which proved just enough to fend off Inter Milan, was their lowest since the 2011-12 season.
Juventus also suffered disappointment in the cup competitions in which they have historically been so successful.
Napoli won the Coppa Italia after a dramatic penalty shootout, and Lazio downed Sarri’s outfit 3-1 to clinch the Suppercoppa Italia in December.
The man at the helm himself admitted to having struggled to impose his preferred style of play on his team. He also rued their inability to quickly move the ball after Juventus’ first-leg loss to Lyon in February.
But regardless of the on-field chaos and discontent, Sarri was adamant that he would be spared from the sack when questioned about the mounting speculation late on Friday.
He had told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t think directors of a top-level club will make a decision based on one match.
‘They are going to evaluate the whole season. I find this kind of question offensive, but not towards me, it’s offensive towards the directors.
‘I have a contract, I’ll respect it and I don’t expect anything.’
Before it was confirmed Juventus had officially pulled the trigger, several reports indicated that the Italian giants have already sounded out Pochettino as a potential successor.
Among those also linked to the vacancy is former boss Massimiliano Allegri and Zinedine Zidane. Allegri enjoyed a trophy-laden first spell in Turin between 2014 and 2019 and was harshly sacked.
Both Real Madrid boss Zidane and Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi are less likely to be handed the reins at the Allianz Stadium, however, with both remaining tied down at their respective teams.