Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo yet to obtain his UEFA Pro licence

Juventus appointed Andrea Pirlo as manager on two-year contract1

Juventus confirmed Andrea Pirlo as their new manager a few days ago but the Italian midfielder is yet to obtain his UEFA Pro licence. 

The former midfielder has a UEFA A licence but that only qualifies him to manager a third tier club. 

As per the reports, Pirlo will have to submit his thesis in October before he can obtain his pro licence and take over as the manager of the club.

Until then, Roberto Baronio, Pirlo’s assistant, will be in charge of managerial duties.

Juventus sacked Maurizio Sarri after a disappointing European campaign which saw the Italian giants crash out of the Champions league against Lyon.

They struggled in the domestic cup competitions as well and Napoli beat them to win the Coppa Italia earlier.

It would be fair to say that Juventus have got lucky with the Scudetto this season. If the likes of Lazio and Inter had been a bit more consistent, they could have easily lost out on the league title as well.

Sarri’s system left Juventus vulnerable at the back and it will be interesting to see how Pirlo addresses those problems next season.

As a player, Pirlo was world class and he won trophies at every level. It remains to be seen how he performs as a manager now. The Italian has no prior experience and he will be walking into one of the most coveted jobs in European football.

He will have to find a way to deal with the expectations and the pressure at a top club like Juventus.