Humiliating, appalling, disgraceful – the dictionary has run out of the right adjectives to describe this shameful Juventus. A loss to Catania – it seems we have entered into the twilight zone. Ciro Ferrara is getting it all horribly wrong and it is silly to continue discussing how the formation was terrible, how Amauri cannot play and how the substitutions Ciro makes are unfathomable. It is all getting rather monotonous with management constantly reiterating their faith in the Coach, especially as it seems the fans were given the same speech prior to the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri. If they continue to entrust a young rookie Coach with the task of leading a sinking ship then they must be prepared for the worst case scenario, with a contingency plan on hand and a well laid out project in front. Does this club really have faith in Ferrara or are they just unsure of how to proceed with the current crisis they are facing?
The management, now more than ever, need to prove that the legacy of this club lies in the hands of intelligent individuals who truly have a ‘project’ that they wish to see carried out. As such, they have three options with regards to the direction of the club. They can continue believing in their title ambitions this season and bring in a new Coach immediately. They could give up on the entire season by keeping Ciro on and instead prepare for next year, or they can try to salvage a top four position by seeking a short term solution such as an interim Coach to takeover until the summer.
Obviously opting to bring in a new Coach immediately is the toughest decision considering all the best Coaches are already involved with other sides. Furthermore they will struggle to find someone who can survive the pressure and be able retain his job after the summer. This club needs stability and intelligence and someone like Michael Laudrup could be a clever solution. He has already proved he can handle working with a 4-2-3-1 formation during his time as assistant with the Danish national team and is renowned for incorporating youngsters into the squad. Furthermore he played for the Bianconeri and was part of Giovanni Trapattoni’s almighty Juve, and thus understands the essence of the Juventus mentality. Laudrup is still a gamble and not a guarantee but they will be hard pressed to find a winner out of a job.
If they really do decide on remaining faithful to the Ferrara project, then Ciro must be set new objectives since he seems incapable of leading the club to mediocrity let alone to greatness. Since he is not a Tactician and is not experienced enough to implement clever tactics, then he should bide his time by incorporating youngsters into the starting XI, focusing on the Europa League for the good of Calcio and uniting the squad by creating a harmonious team atmosphere. At least then they might win one or two games without the pressure. Otherwise if management find that they really cannot deal with the risk Ferrara poses then an interim Coach must be sought immediately. Even if Ciro wins a few games after the break, it is likely this problem will happen again as he has already proven that he collapses under pressure. For this, Guus Hiddink is not such a terrible choice as long as he leaves in the summer. He will at least salvage a respectable position within the league and will reorganise the squad to prevent further humiliations.
If management decides to opt for the either one of the last two options then they need to begin preparing for next season by selecting a long-term Coach who can exploit the Bianconeri’s collective and individual talents and not one who is merely popular with the fans. Defensively, Juventus are incredibly feeble and it will take time before they can completely overhaul the back-line. In stark contrast, their attacking midfielders are sublime and their strikers are good enough. As such, they need to employ an offensive minded Coach to bring the best out of the players available – someone who is apt at playing an attacking formation. Furthermore, they need to look for a man who will embody the Juventus philosophy and remain faithful to the project for several years. Someone like Gian Piero Gasperini would be a marvellous replacement for Ferrara, especially as he is a Bianconero. Once they have decided on the Coach then they need to approach him immediately with the view of him taking over in the summer so that they are not having to resort to whoever is available at the time. Once a potential candidate has been contacted, the man can focus on planning for next year (including transfer market activity) by watching the dismal Bianconeri performances this season. Management can then concern themselves with the inept medical team and with finding suitable fitness coaches who will improve the performance of these elite players.
Honestly, at this moment in time, it does not matter what path they decide to take – as long as they begin to implement a real plan that pays off. Fans really cannot see Amauri send another effort wide, Sebastian Giovinco warming the bench any longer and Felipe Melo falling apart on the pitch while Ferrara screams on the sidelines. Enough – the next Coach needs to win.
Juventus Club Focus 2009/10
Great expectations – August 21, 2009
When in Rome – August 28, 2009
The decline and fall of the Roman Empire – September 1, 2009
World Champions – One in, one out, one remembered – September 4, 2009
International week (Georgia-Italy, Italy-Bulgaria)
Children should be seen, not heard – September 7, 2009
Diego lost to injury in victorious Roman repeat – September 15, 2009
The reserves exposed – September 18, 2009
Transforming the formation – September 23, 2009
The cruel blow of lady injustice – September 25, 2009
Haunted by the ghost of last year’s defence – September 29, 2009
We’re meant to be happy with one point? – October 2, 2009
Is it now time to be negative? – October 6, 2009
Ferrara: public enemy #1 – October 9, 2009
Bad or just misunderstood? – October 13, 2009
Let the bitterness commence – October 16, 2009
Oh Ferrara, will you ever learn? – October 20, 2009
Ferrara, thank you for listening – October 23, 2009
Sampdoria will provide the real test – October 27, 2009
Introducing the real Juve – October 30, 2009
Why are we not surprised? – November 3, 2009
The many faces of Juve – November 6, 2009
A team of hyperboles – November 10, 2009
And we’re back – November 20, 2009
Del Piero returns as subordinate players give encouraging displays – November 24, 2009
Failure reverberates throughout the club – November 24, 2009
Is it all over? – December 1, 2009
Oh Lord, make our enemies ridiculous – December 4, 2009
Destroy Bayern and we will really start to believe – December 8, 2009
Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification or so they say – December 11, 2009
Sanctification is going to have to wait – December 15, 2009
Deliver us from disgrace – December 18, 2009
Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up – December 22, 2009