Maurizio Sarri appointed as Lazio manager on a two-year deal

Sarri has been out of a job since being fired from Juventus last year despite leading the Bianconeri to a ninth successive title in his one season in charge.

Lazio has named Maurizio Sarri as its new coach on Wednesday when the Italian club strongly hinted at the appointment of the 62-year old with a series of cryptic posts on its Twitter account.

Lazio first put simply an emoji of a cigarette and then wrote in Italian “Who has a light?”. It then posted a collage of pictures including a bank and a hand holding a cigarette. Sarri, who is a notorious smoker, is also a former banker.

Italian media have reported that the Italian has signed a new 2-year contract with Lazio. Sarri replaces Simone Inzaghi who left the job when his deal with Lazio expired. Lazio has now joined newly crowned Serie A champions Inter Milan following Antonio Conte’s departure from the club over disputes of funding and plans of selling key players by Milan’s management.

Sarri was out of a job after being sacked by Juventus despite leading them to their 9th consecutive league title in the 2019/20 Serie A season with only one season in charge of the Bianconeri.

Sarri did not play football professionally, taking part as an amateur centre back and coach while working as a banker. In 2005, he first got the Serie B job at Pescara. In 2014, Sarri won a promotion to Serie A with Empoli. After preserving their place in the top flight he was hired by Napoli. He won several individual awards while managing the Naples-based club; after finishing as league runners-up in 2017/18. Sarri moved to English club Chelsea, where he won the UEFA Europa League in his only season with the club. He became the oldest manager to ever win the Serie A after winning it with Juventus.

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