Juventus ‘would be wrong twice’ to now fire Andrea Pirlo, says Fabio Cannavaro

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Juventus’ would be twice wrong ‘to now fire Andrea Pirlo after trusting a rookie coach last summer, says Fabio Cannavaro, while ex-teammate insists that’ the fault can’t just be his when players make mistakes ‘

  • Fabio Cannavaro says Juventus would be ‘twice wrong’ to now fire Andrea Pirlo
  • The icon of Italy has defended Pirlo, who is living his first season as boss
  • Pirlo is about to be fired after a disappointing campaign
  • Due to a series of bad results, Juve fell 12 points behind leader Inter
  • Cannavaro, however, thinks Pirlo should be given the chance to turn it around

Fabio Cannavaro insists Juventus would be ‘twice wrong’ to dismiss Andrea Pirlo as manager and has supported his former team-mate to succeed in Turin, despite his disappointing start as a coach.

Pirlo is about to be fired by Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli Sportsmail reported this week that the club is poised for a major overhaul if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Juventus are currently fourth in Serie A and 12 points behind league leaders Inter Milan, leaving Pirlo with intense control over his position as manager.

Fabio Cannavaro (pictured) has backed Andrea Pirlo to succeed at Juventus

Pirlo is in the lead at Juventus after a disappointing season in his first year

Pirlo is in the lead at Juventus after a disappointing season in his first year

Fabio Cannavaro (left) says Juventus ‘would be wrong twice’ to now fire Andrea Pirlo (right)

Should Juve slip out of the top four, the club would miss out on Champions League football for the first time in nine years. They are currently level with Napoli in fifth place.

However, Cannavaro believes that Pirlo should be given time in the role and that not all the blame can be placed on his shoulders.

“Relax,” said Cannavaro The Gazzetta dello Sport when asked about Pirlo’s future. When Juve chose Andrea, he knew very well that he had no experience.

‘It makes sense that he should have time to grow up, including for his relationship with the team. There are still 30 points to play for and it is right to leave this verdict pending.

Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli wants a major overhaul at the club after a disappointing season

Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli wants a major overhaul at the club after a disappointing season

Juve chairman Andrea Agnelli wants a major overhaul at the club after a disappointing season

And he did good things, launching young players and running a complicated dressing room with people who won big.

‘Sure, some things don’t work, he made mistakes: he’s human. It is a heritage that must be protected. After all, if Juve doesn’t confirm his position, what did they choose him to do last summer?

They would be wrong twice if they make that decision now. And the blame cannot be solely on him when the players make mistakes on and off the field. ‘

Pirlo’s next big test comes on Wednesday when they welcome Napoli to the Allianz Stadium, with both sides at 56 points.

A win for both sides will take them to third above Atalanta and Cannavaro has pointed out how Gennaro Gattuso has managed to turn things around in Naples.

Juventus was dropped from the Champions League and is fourth in the Serie A.

Juventus was dropped from the Champions League and is fourth in the Serie A.

Juventus was dropped from the Champions League and is fourth in the Serie A.

The tables have turned since the last match between Juventus and Napoli, when reports claimed Gattuso was at risk of losing his job in Naples.

The winner of the Ballon d’Or insists that Pirlo should be given the opportunity to turn things around, as he is still a budding boss.

A defeat could spell the end for Pirlo, however, with the club reportedly looking to bring in Zinedine Zidane as his replacement should the Frenchman leave Real Madrid this summer.

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