Andrea Pirlo returns to management as he is appointed Fatih Karagumruk manager  

Andrea Pirlo-Juventus

Former Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo has been confirmed as the new manager of Fatih Karagumruk.

The Italy legend hasn’t been in the dugout since being let go by Juventus but will take to the sidelines once again in Turkey.

The 43-year-old who had a poor spell at Juventus two seasons ago will look to improve on Karagumruk’s surprise eighth-place finish in the 2021-22 Super Lig season.

Announcing the deal on Sunday, the club stated Pirlo has signed a one-year deal and will be presented on Tuesday.

The club statement reads: 

“The world-famous footballer recently coached Juventus, one of the most important clubs in Europe.

“Having also had Champions League experience with Juventus, Pirlo signed the contract that made him a member of Karagumruk for one year, starting on 1 July.”

“Pirlo’s press conference will be held on Tuesday, June 14, and the place and time will be announced later by our club. We welcome our coach and wish him success.”

Pirlo began his senior coaching career at Juventus, a club he also represented as a player. But he was sacked at the end of the season as Juventus failed to battle for the title while narrowly qualifying for the UEFA Champions League on the last day of the season. However, the Italian boasts a decent win rate of 65% during his time at Allianz Stadium, notching 34 victories, 10 draws and eight losses.

Pirlo was replaced by Massimiliano Allegri ahead of the 2021-22 campaign but will now have the chance to try his ideas in Turkey.