Serie A champions Juventus named their former midfielder Andrea Pirlo as the club's new coach, giving him his first senor coaching role.

The decision came hours after the Turin club sacked coach Maurizio Sarri following their Champions League round-of-16 exit to Olympique Lyonnais on Friday.

Pirlo, 41, has been promoted to the senior role only one week after being named as coach of Juve's under-23 side and without taking charge of a match.

"Today's choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead from his debut on the bench an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes," Juve said in a statement.

Pirlo played for Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus and New York City in his remarkable career and was a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006.