Juventus have sensationally axed boss 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 Atitle, supporters and the club’s hierarchy have been left unimpressed by the veteran 61-year-old.
According to Daily Mail, his 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 Sportsmail understands Mauricio Pochettino has already been contacted to replace Sarri.
It is believed that the 48-year-old, who remains out of work after his Tottenham dismissal, would have accepted Juventus’ approach through an intermediary. It is expected he will be the first candidate to formally interviewed.
Club chairman Andrea Agnelli fronted up the decision to replace the man in the hot seat. Long-standing servants Giorgio Chiellini and Gianlugi Buffon would have been informed about Sarri’s sacking first, and also given assurances over a potential successor.
The decision to bring an early end to Sarri’s reign may cost the club around £27million, should the tactician be unable to find a new role during the 24 months that were left on his deal.
It was decided during crisis talks held soon after Friday’s game that Sarri was no longer deemed the man capable of helping lead Juventus back to continental glory.
The former banker was hired on a three-year contract last June with the expectation that Juventus would progress to the later rounds of the competition.
But the head coach was forced to angrily beat away questions surrounding his future after the setback.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has often single-handedly spared Sarri from greater criticism this campaign, netted twice but the Old Lady crashed out on away goals after Memphis Depay struck from the penalty spot.
Juventus’ form after clinching yet another league title raised alarms, with the club limping over the line following a torrid run of two wins from their last eight fixtures.
Their points tally of 83, which proved just enough to fend off Inter Milan, was their lowest since the 2011-12 season.
Juventus also suffered disappointment in the cup competitions in which they have historically been so successful.
Napoli won the Coppa Italia after a dramatic penalty shootout, and Lazio downed Sarri’s outfit 3-1 to clinch the Suppercoppa Italia in December.
The man at the helm himself admitted to having struggled to impose his preferred style of play on his team. He also rued their inability to quickly move the ball after Juventus’ first leg loss to Lyon in February.
But regardless of the on-field chaos and discontent, Sarri was adamant that he would be spared from the sack when questioned about the mounting speculation late on Friday.
He had told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t think directors of a top level club will make a decision based on one match.
‘They are going to evaluate the whole season. I find this kind of question offensive, but not towards me, it’s offensive towards the directors.
‘I have a contract, I’ll respect it and I don’t expect anything.’
Before it was confirmed Juventus had officially pulled the trigger, several reports indicated that the Italian giants have already sounded out Pochettino as a potential successor.