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Opinion – Pirlo was a failure but the bigger failure was Agnelli

May 28, 2021 - 3:30 pm

Andrea Pirlo’s miserable stint as Juventus manager has finally ended after the Bianconeri did the right thing to relieve him of his duties.

The former midfielder always looked to be taking a step too far by becoming the manager of Juve.

The Bianconeri had won 9 consecutive league titles before he joined them and he had no trophies to show for the appointment.

It was the type of gamble that even a team like Lazio and Atalanta would not take, but Andrea Agnelli thought it made sense.

The result has been disastrous as the club almost finished outside the top four and needed help from Hellas Verona to avoid such an embarrassing ending.

Pirlo won two trophies out of a possible three domestic competitions, yet he has been seen as a failure.

Well, the bigger failure is Agnelli who should have been experienced enough to know that Juve is too big for a rookie manager.

Pirlo can take his record to another team and get the job, but Agnelli can never defend his decision to make the former midfielder his club’s manager this season.

Fabio Paratici also had a hand in it and it is probably one of the reasons why he has been let go this summer.

But Agnelli has to accept more of the responsibility for signing off on Pirlo’s appointment in the first place.

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    Martinn May 28, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Agreed. They should have left him to develop with the u23 even for one more season then move him up if that was even possible. Agnelli has made us look foolish this season. The idea of paying for the last fifteen minutes of a game, and I agree eufa have pocketed money for themselves instead of helping out all clubs that have struggled, but when the esl failed and sanctions were talked about he should be taking the L for the fans so we get cl Football. Obviously there are contracts in the background etc but this should have been thought of ahead.

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    Rf1986 May 28, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    I dont agree with you.Agnelli always wanted the best for his team and the efforts for this have been seen in many years.i dont think there has been any team in the world changing so much staff in a few years.thats the risk he was ready to take to make the team can blame him for Pirlo (maybe it wasnt the right time for him atm)but you should also thank him for bringing fresh and talented players on juve side this year.all this expensive efforts were for us to be proud of the team of which we decided to follow

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    AD May 28, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Absolutely agree. Agnelli was wonderful 2011-2017. But things have changed a lot since. Most obvious failures: marotta, higuain, esl, paratici and pirlo. He does have some good decisions as well, like bringing allegri back in. I still don’t understand handing the job to an unexperienced coach, with all due respect to the maestro and I truly hope he had more success, but it was a miserably successful season, close to disasterous.