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Official: Sarri returns to Serie A

Maurizio Sarri
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After remaining jobless for almost a year following his dismissal from Juventus, the 62-year-old manager has returned to the dugout.

Lazio have confirmed the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as their head coach.

Sarri replaces Simone Inzaghi, who left Lazio last week to take charge of Serie champions Inter Milan after the shock departure of Antonio Conte.

According to reports in Italy, the former Juventus boss has committed to a two-year contract with Lazio until June 2023 with the option of extending it by a further year. He will reportedly earn €3 million net per season in addition to Europa League, Champions League, as well as a Scudetto bonus.

Sarri was sacked by Juventus in the first week of August 2020 on the account of the team’s European struggles, as the Bianconeri had failed to progress past the Champions League Round of 16 that season, and he had been out of a job ever since.

The 62-year-old had joined Juventus following a successful one-year stint at Chelsea, who won the Europa League with him at the helm.

Before taking on a challenge at the highest level, the former banker tested himself in the lower Italian league. Eventually, he worked his way up to Napoli, where he won the Panchina d’Oro in his debut season, the Serie A Coach of the Year in his second season, came within touching distance of the Serie A title in his final one.