Ahead of the 2020-21 season, Andrea Pirlo replaced Maurizio Sarri and a quick start against Sampdoria in Serie A raised his expectations. Andrea Pirlo finished his playing career with New York City and is now ready for a new adventure after staying away from coaching career for 3 months. He has stated that he is not ruling out a return to MLS as a coach, ‘I had a great time there.’
Pirlo, who has 116 Azzurri caps, had an illustrious career in Europe with clubs such as Inter, Milan, and Juventus, but he admits he still keeps a close eye on MLS and “won’t rule out” a return. In July 2015 he moved from Juventus to New York City and played for the club for two and a half years before retiring.
After being replaced by Max Allegri at the Allianz Stadium the former Juventus coach is currently unemployed and he has stated that he is “ready” to begin working elsewhere immediately.
“I don’t watch all the games, but I turn it on when I can,” Pirlo told the Athletic. “I know it’s really hot this time of year. I remember playing in that heat. It’s hard for players to maintain high intensity when it’s this hot. I watch all the teams. I love New York — I had a place there before I moved stateside — but I like everything about MLS. I really enjoyed my time there.”
“I got on well with the club, my teammates, the staff, and the coaches I had,” Pirlo said. “It was a great life experience, a great football experience too. Two of my kids were born in America, so it’s something we’ll always carry with us. It’s like home to them, a part of our lives. They’re American.”
The former New York City player has not ruled out a return to MLS and has emphasized the growth of soccer in the United States. “I’m not ruling out anything,” Pirlo continued. “It’s a great league. I see lots of coaches coming to MLS from other countries. I was lucky enough to play there. You saw what the USMNT did in the Gold Cup, so I’d say the American game is taking off.”
“Lots of Americans are now playing for the best clubs in the world — Juve, Barcelona, Chelsea. If they’re playing at that level, it speaks to their potential. I’m looking at lots of different coaches,” he reveals. “You can learn from anyone. I’m watching games and training sessions online.”
“Once it’s easier to travel, I’ll go watch some in person. I bumped into Mauricio Pochettino on holiday in Ibiza and he asked me to swing by Paris and say hello. If I can, I’d like to go to Manchester to see Guardiola. I am ready to embark on a new adventure.”
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