Andrea Pirlo has agreed to take over the Juventus Under-23 squad, to be potentially a one-day first-team mentor.

Sky Sport Italia and Fabrizio Romano also reveal that the appointment is being made and that Pirlo will be assisted by Napoli Primavera coach Roberto Baronio.

Baronio grew up with the former Milan midfielder when they participated with Italy in the 2000 European U21 Championship and played together at the Summer Olympics that year.

Pirlo will be replacing Fabio Pecchia, who in 2019-20 led Juve U23s to the Coppa Italia Series C but failed to win Series B promotion.

Romano goes deeper and says Andrea Agnelli’s ‘secret dream’ is for the 41-year-old to eventually become the coach of the first team, emulating the likes of Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane at Barcelona and Real Madrid.

He went on to work as a Sky Sport Italia pundit but has meanwhile earned his coaching qualifications.


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