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Juventus SACK Maurizio Sarri after just one season and risk losing £27m on him following dismal Champions League exit to Lyon with chairman Andrea Agnelli eyeing up either Mauricio Pochettino or Zinedine Zidane to take over

Juventus have sensationally axed Maurizio Sarri after just one season in charge following the club’s Champions League elimination.

Despite leading the Turin giants to a ninth straight Serie A title, supporters and the club’s hierarchy have been left unimpressed by the veteran 61-year-old.

And the former Chelsea manager’s fate was sealed the day after the early European exit at the hands of Lyon.

The official announcement was released on Saturday following a crisis meeting held between members of the club’s hierarchy – and it is believed that Zinedine Zidane is No 1 choice to replace Sarri while Mauricio Pochettino has already been contacted about the vacancy.

Juventus are keen to bring back Zidane to Turin, who featured 212 times for the club, but it will be a tough deal to get over the line with the Frenchman still tied down to Real Madrid. 

It is believed that 48-year-old Pochettino, who remains out of work after his Tottenham dismissal, would have accepted Juventus’ approach through an intermediary. It is expected he will become the first candidate to be formally interviewed.  

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