Andrea Pirlo SACKED as manager of Turkish club Fatih Karagumruk

Andrea Pirlo SACKED as manager of Turkish club Fatih Karagumruk… with the Super Lig side sitting in ninth place with three games left after a tricky first year in charge for the Italian

  • Andrea Pirlo has been fired as manager of Turkish club Fatih Karagumruk
  • The Italian signed a one-year deal to lead the club last June, but found life tough
  • Fatih Karagumruk sit in ninth place in Turkey’s Super Lig with three games left 

Andrea Pirlo has been sacked as manager of Turkish Super Lig club Fatih Karagumruk after less than one season in charge.

In June last year, Pirlo signed a one-year deal to take charge of Karagumruk, who had just finished eighth the previous season.

But with the Turkish top-flight season almost over, Pirlo has been jettisoned from the manager’s position, with the club sitting in ninth spot.

In a club statement on Twitter, Fatih Karagumruk said: ‘Since we can’t continue with Mr. Andrea Pirlo and his staff next season, we gave them permission to leave soon hoping it will give them a chance to plan their future.

‘We will also use the remaining time in the most effective way to first win all of our games and then plan our future accordingly.

Andrea Pirlo has been fired as the manager of Turkish Super Lig club Fatih Karagumruk 

Pirlo signed a one-year contract with the club last summer, but failed to see out the season 

‘We are very happy to have spent one season with Andrea and thank him for his contributions to our club. We wish him the best in his future!’

Pirlo’s first role in management was at Serie A side Juventus, but it ended with the conclusion of the 2020-21 season, after their poor showing in the Champions League and Serie A. 

After one year out of management, Fatih Karagumruk brought the 44-year-old to Turkey to manage in the top flight.

During the campaign, Pirlo has had to face adjusting to a new country – and dealing with the aftermath of the terrible earthquake that hit Turkey earlier in 2023. 

Fatih Karagumruk sit ninth in the table after losing on Monday, with just three games remaining

The manager, his staff and players helped to load aid onto trucks bound for badly affected areas in the days following the earthquake. 

In an interview with Mail Sport at the time, Pirlo said: ‘I’m sorry for what has happened, I’m sorry for everybody. I hope we can contribute something to help them overcome this huge tragedy.’

Pirlo’s exit from Karagumruk comes after a three-game losing streak, culminating in Monday’s 4-1 defeat at Trabzonspor. 

During his year in Turkey, the Italian oversaw 11 wins in 34 matches. The club has three games left of the Super Lig season, starting with Tuesday’s home game against Kayserispor. 

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