Former Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo is expected to return to Serie A management next season and he could replace Thiago Motta at Spezia.
Novice coach Pirlo was drafted in as Maurizio Sarri’s surprise successor in Turin and spent just one season on the sidelines before Juve opted to reunite with Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
Pirlo, who made over 150 appearances and helped Juventus to four Scudetti during his time at the club as a player, won the Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia as manager last season. But Juve’s disappointing league form, which saw them surrender the Scudetto to Inter and clinch a Champions League spot on the final day, convinced the hierarchy that he wasn’t the right managerial option moving forward.
Nevertheless, Pirlo’s promise as a modern and progressive coach was clear to see and Max Allegri has failed to improve on the rookie’s performance on his return to the club.
Former Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo could replace Thiago Motta as Spezia boss next season
Pirlo has been out of work since he left Juventus, but the latest reports suggest that he could be back in action very soon.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the suave Italian will be back next season and he’s a leading candidate to replace Motta at Spezia.
Former Inter Milan midfielder Motta has done an excellent job as Vincenzo Italiano’s successor, especially considering how close he was to the sack at the end of 2021. He oversaw a resurgence in the new year and while Spezia’s safety isn’t guaranteed, they’re in a great position to continue in Serie A next season.
Romano adds that Motta is expected to leave Spezia at the end of the season in favour of a new challenge. Pippo Inzaghi is also an option for the Aquilotti.