Andrea Pirlo has been assured by sporting director Fabio Paratici that his job as Juventus head coach is safe should the Italian giants qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The rookie boss succeeded Maurizio Sarri as Juve boss last August – his first managerial position – but his future has been called into question numerous times in recent weeks.
Juve have endured a difficult first campaign under the iconic former midfielder, with their nine-year grip on the Scudetto soon to be officially ended by runaway leaders Inter.
The Bianconeri entered Sunday’s clash with Fiorentina fourth in the Serie A standings, just two points above fifth-placed Napoli and with games against Milan and Inter still to come.
Despite being on the verge of missing out on the title for the first time since 2011, though, Paratici vowed to stand by Pirlo if Juve finish in the top four and earn a place in UEFA’s elite club competition.
Asked if qualifying for the Champions League would be enough to keep Pirlo in the job, Paratici told Sky Sport Italia: “Yes, definitely.
“But we are not even thinking about the possibility of not qualifying for the Champions League.”
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