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Maurizio Sarri, Former Juventus Manager, Rejects Early Termination Of His Contract

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The drama continues between Juventus and Maurizio Sarri, the 61-year-old Italian manager who was relieved of his job as the Bianconeri boss at the end of the 2019/20 season.

Sarri, who is on a €6 million deal for the 2020/21 Serie A campaign, has one more time rejected the Bianconeri’s offer to terminate his contract early, according to a Calciomercato report.

The article explains that Sarri "will not step back" and would change his mind only if a major club advances an interesting job offer. But that may not happen, and Juventus fear that Sarri will sit out for the rest of the season, thus continuing to cash in his large salary.

A few weeks ago, it seemed that the opening on the bench of Serie A side Fiorentina was the perfect opportunity for Juventus and Sarri to finally agree on the terms of a contract termination. Sarri, however, was not fully convinced of joining Fiorentina in the middle of the season, and the Viola eventually opted for Cesare Prandelli.

Thus, Juventus have to continue to fulfill their economic obligations toward Sarri. Besides paying him the €6 million salary for the 2020/21 season, the Bianconeri will have to deposit a €2.5 million penalty fee in Sarri’s pocket if they decide not to extend his contract for a third year, the Calciomercato article explains. Juventus will have to make this decision by March 2021.

Terminating Sarri’s contract would offer partial economic relief to Juventus during what has been a very complicated year for the club’s finances. Over the past months, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has repeatedly expressed his concern about the financial losses that Italian clubs have experienced since the pandemic began, with Juventus suffering one of the largest economic damages during the past 2019/20 season.

Last year, Juventus registered a negative €71.4 million balance, Calcio e Finanza explains, while experiencing an 8% drop in revenue.

The relationship between Sarri and Juventus came to an end in August, after the Bianconeri failed to qualify for the Champions league quarter finals. It is true, however, that many had expressed their discontent toward Sarri’s coaching style throughout the entire 2019/20 season.

Andrea Pirlo, a former Juventus player and 2006 World Cup winner with the Italy national team, was chosen as Sarri's replacement, but not without misgivings.

Pirlo did not have any managerial experience in the professional soccer world when he was appointed manager of Juventus’s first team. The offer, in fact, came only nine days after Pirlo had accepted the job as the Juventus Under-23 coach. At that time, he also had not yet obtained the UEFA Pro license, which is a requirement for anyone who wants to sit on the bench of a Serie A club.

This is one of the reasons why, unlike Sarri or his predecessor Massimiliano Allegri (who was on a €7.5 million/year salary before leaving the club in June 2019), Pirlo settled for a very modest contract when he shook hands with the Juventus ownership.

He signed a two-year deal for €1.8 million/year plus bonuses, Italy's daily Gazzetta Dello Sport revealed back in August.

Despite registering the largest spending on players’ wages in Serie A with €236 million, Juventus have only the seven-highest paid manager in Italy, Gazzetta dello Sport revealed.

Only four Juventus players are on the same or smaller paychecks than Pirlo - specifically, Merih Demiral (€1.8 million), Gianluigi Buffon (€1.5 million), Carlo Pinsoglio (€300 thousand), and Gianluca Frabotta (€100 thousand).

The managers who currently enjoy larger contracts than Pirlo does are, in order from the top, Inter’s Antonio Conte (€12 million), who used to be Pirlo’s coach during his 2011-2014 managerial stint at Juventus, Roma’s Paulo Fonseca (€2,5 million), Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini (€2,2 million), AC Milan’s Stefano Pioli (€2 million), Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi (€2 million), and Bologna’s Siniša Mihajlović (€2 million).

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