Only last month, Harrington’s husband, Johnny, died aged 77, and McCoy said: “It’s great for Jessie, she’s had such a great week after such a tough time recently. It was a great training performance. “To be honest, he felt better than I’ve ever felt him. Sometimes they get confidence from winning. It wasn’t ideal (making the running). He’s a tendency to jump a bit left and it’s more exaggerated when he’s in front. Today he felt like a real Champion Hurdle horse.” Harrington added: “It’s been absolutely fantastic these last two days, unbelievable. To have three winners on Thursday and then another three is beyond my wildest dreams. I think he (Johnny) is doing a lot of the pushing. All the staff in the yard have done a marvellous job. “If Jezki was beaten here people would say the Champion Hurdle was a fluke, but he came here and won again, which was fantastic. “He was very good after Cheltenham and had a good prep for this race. I was happy coming in and everything went according to plan. I just let AP do what he wanted. He’s the man in the saddle and is the best in the world, so why give him a plan. “With today being a buzzy day, with the crowd and everything, the hood definitely helped him. He’s only six, a young horse, so he’ll stay hurdling for the moment. I would imagine we’ll go the same route next year, but it’s a long way off. I’m not sure I saw much of the race, I had my eyes closed for most of it!” Successful owner JP McManus said: “He did it well, but full marks to Hurricane Fly. He has been an outstanding horse, coming here to win this for a fifth time, so we’ve a bit of catching up to do. It’s a great day and it will be memorable one.” Willie Mullins accepted the record-breaking Hurricane Fly was beaten fair and square and indicated he will now be given time off during the summer. He said: “Jezki is a worthy champion and he’s come back well from Cheltenham. Jessie’s horses are flying. We have no excuses with Hurricane Fly, that’s it for the season and he’ll go out for grass now over the summer.” Jezki stamped his authority on the Racing Post Champion Hurdle at Punchestown to confirm his Cheltenham superiority over Hurricane Fly. With only three runners going to post it was inevitably a tactical battle, with Tony McCoy setting a sedate pace on Jezki, tracked by Hurricane Fly, with the eventual winner’s stable companion Steps To Freedom in third place. The old champion Hurricane Fly threw down a determined challenge going to the final flight, but could never quite get on terms, and Jezki (4-5 favourite), something of a surprise winner at Prestbury Park, got away quickest and ran on strongly to score by three and a quarter lengths, giving Jessica Harrington another treble on the card. Press Association
Mauricio Pochettino, currently out of work despite having led Tottenham to the Champions League final last season, also forms part of the list of names being considered to replace Sarri and he has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham in 2019.Former Juve bosses Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte have also been linked in recent weeks alongside club legend Andrea Pirlo, who recently took on his first coaching role with the Bianconeri’s Under-23 side.For now, however, it is understood that internal discussions are still in their infancy and no moves have been made to contact potential successors. It was decided that the 61-year-old former Chelsea and Napoli boss is no longer the man to take the club forward, with Juve’s signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid making clear that their intention was to win the Champions League after several years of near-misses.Juventus has fired coach Maurizio Sarri after the team’s Champions League exit.Despite winning Serie A for the ninth consecutive season, Juventus finished with 83 points, a +33 goal differential and 7 losses in league play, all their worst since 2010-11. pic.twitter.com/h47tuDVJWa— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 8, 2020The team released a statement on the news.”Juventus announces that Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the first team. The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football.”Sarri’s future had been previously called into question despite leading the club to a ninth-successive Scudetto, with the former banker admitting himself that he had been struggling to impose his famous ‘Sarriball’ style on the squad.Indeed, following the first-leg defeat against Lyon, Sarri stated that his charges had been moving the ball too slow but that he would continue working with his players until “sooner or later this concept will get into their heads.”That admission will have done the Italian few favors as the board considered their options, with the feeling amongst those in charge that the head coach had failed to win over the players and that a new approach would be required to see the club progress.Who will be the new coach at Juventus?It is no secret that Simone Inzaghi is well liked by those at Continassa following his successful season with Lazio, while Zinedine Zidane – still under contract with Real Madrid – is another name that is never far from discussions in Turin. Juventus fired Maurizio Sarri following his team’s Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon.The Continassa hierarchy held a meeting following the Old Lady’s failure to progress to the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition, with Sarri’s future at the club the only point on the agenda in the wake of the continental disappointment.