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Juventus ‘lining up replacements for Maurizio Sarri after just one season with Mauricio Pochettino on shortlist’

JUVENTUS are reportedly already lining up candidates to replace under-fire boss Maurizio Sarri - including Mauricio Pochettino.

The ex-Chelsea manager's team survived a couple of late scares to secure their ninth consecutive Serie A title in his debut season at the helm.

But club chiefs are unhappy with the 61-year-old's work in Turin.

And according to Tutto Mercato, the Italian could be sacked if his side fail to overturn a 1-0 Champions League deficit to Lyon on Friday night.

Sarri's future is said to be hanging by a thread, with his 13 months in charge all coming down to the conclusion of Juventus' Champions League campaign over the coming days and potentially weeks.

And such are his bosses' doubts over his tenure, that they have already sounded out FOUR different managers that could replace him at Allianz Stadium.

At the top of their current wishlist is former Spurs boss Pochettino.

The Argentine had been a contender for the post last year, but Tottenham's hefty release clause scared the Serie A champions away from making a move.

But now that Pochettino is a free agent, and willing, a deal could far more feasibly go ahead.

The 48-year-old recently turned down a move to AS Monaco, but is still believed to be plotting his return to management.

Zinedine Zidane is a dream appointment for Juventus, particularly given his ties with the club as a player - as well as the allure he would possess in convincing Paul Pogba to return.

The Frenchman is unwilling to leave his work at Real Madrid, however, having just clinched the LaLiga title.

Despite Lazio falling away horribly post-restart, Simone Inzaghi has impressed Juve with his work in the capital, and is under consideration.

Gian Piero Gasperini, who was a product of the Juventus academy in the 1970s, is the fourth potential candidate to have been sounded out, having lead Atalanta to the Champions League quarter-finals this season.

Inside Juventus’ title celebrations as Sarri smokes a cigarette and swigs magnum of champagne while Ronaldo and Co party

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