Saturday August 8 2020
Pochettino favourite for Juve, but Pirlo...

Mauricio Pochettino remains the favourite for the Juventus job after Maurizio Sarri’s sacking, with Simone Inzaghi, Zinedine Zidane and Andrea Pirlo other candidates.

Sarri was formally fired this afternoon, an inevitable reaction after the Champions League Round of 16 exit at the hands of Lyon.

The hunt is on for a replacement, especially as pre-season training will begin within a couple of weeks.

With this and other issues in mind, Pochettino is in pole position, as he is out of contract and has Champions League experience with Tottenham Hotspur.

However, La Gazzetta dello Sport claim his salary demands are €10-12m, which would be approximately double what Sarri was earning.

Sportitalia see him as the favourite, with negotiations already in progress.

The other choices, Zidane and Inzaghi, are both contracted to their clubs Real Madrid and Lazio, with no particular urge to move on this summer.

Sky Sport Italia continue to push the idea Pirlo could be given the role, just days after he was presented as the new coach of the Juventus Under-23 team.

It would be a huge gamble, considering the former midfielder has no management experience at all.

Pirlo was being groomed for a future on the main bench, but rushing the matter could be counter-productive.

What is becoming clear is that President Andrea Agnelli is taking control of the situation and will choose the next coach, whereas he had accepted the advice of directors Fabio Paratici and Pavel Nedved in sacking Max Allegri last summer.

Because of the strong rapport between Allegri and Agnelli, there were also some suggestions the coach could return to Turin, but that would be effectively confessing Sarri was a huge mistake.