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Andrea Pirlo is set to take over the Juventus U23 team with only an Official Announcement pending.

The former Bianconeri midfielder has undergone his coaching badges and has been linked with a return to Turin for some time.

Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio and Fabrizio Romano both confirm that the appointment of Pirlo is complete, and he will be assisted in the role by Napoli Primavera coach Roberto Baronio.

“Personally, it is strange to see her this way, she is not going through a positive period but it is clear what the causes of this involution are, because I liked the team until the Super Cup. In my opinion there’s too much fierce criticism for a team thats first in the standings, that is about to win the championship, the real fact is that currently there is none of the ‘fun’ or quality that we expected from the new coach. Regardless of Sarri, the players are not showing their value. I think the conclusions will have to be made at the end of the season, now the processes that only serve to find the culprits are completely useless.”

Pirlo will succeed Fabio Pecchia who recently led the U23 team to the Coppa Italia Serie C but just fell short of taking the team to Serie B promotion.

According to the reports, Juve President Andrea Agnelli hopes Pirlo will eventually graduate from the U23 to the senior squad, emulating the likes of Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane at Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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