So Luis Felipe Scolari has turned down an offer at Juventus. How embarrassing for Ciro Ferrara and how shameful for the Juve Management who reiterated their faith in their Coach time and time again.
Once again, Jean Claude Blanc and co. have demonstrated that they really don’t know how to handle the crisis they find themselves in. Publicly confirming their faith in their Coach and then secretly looking for his replacement is not an honourable way to do business. If they wanted Ferrara out then they should have discreetly gone about their business instead of publicly stating, to any media outlet willing to listen, that Ferrara can count on their support when indeed he could not. But it seems this type of behaviour has become fairly typical of the Bianconeri hierarchy, all talk and no results.
As for Scolari, the Old Lady should count her blessings for having been rejected and the fact that the Juve board turned to him further adds to the claim that they are indeed incompetent. Scolari deserves respect for all he has won as a Coach but if Management knew their team at all then he would not have been the man they contacted. For one, he has the wrong attitude. This was perfectly demonstrated when he would refuse to attend pre or post match conferences at Chelsea when he thought he would come under attack. Secondly he is a man who didn’t pick up on his mistakes too easily and when he did realise his errors, he would refuse to change. He would continue to play one formation despite its flaws and would repeatedly start with the same players despite horrendous performances – a flaw Ferrara has recently developed by his insistence on playing Amauri. Thirdly his tactics are heavily dependent on wingers, something the Bianconeri do not really possess especially with the loss of Mauro Camoranesi. And finally, he has absolutely no clue how to handle a poor defence. At Chelsea, his switching between man-to-man and zonal marking only served to highlight the team’s weakness at defending set-pieces and was unable to improve the London team’s problems with conceding out wide. An offensive Coach is certainly what is needed in Turin to get the best out of the Juventus attackers but not a Coach who is completely inept at handling a feeble back-line.
It seems no-one at Juventus really knows how to tackle the problems they face simply because it seems no-one has taken the time to evaluate their troubles. Perhaps the return of Roberto Bettega will help to solve a few problems and his speech has only served to remind the fans of how dearly loved a man he was and continues to be. “I think it’s best for everyone if we all work for the good of Juventus. I think we need time to understand the recent downfall so we can pick ourselves up as a team.” Bettega revealed in his official unveiling. “Everyone knows that I have never been one who likes talking too much, I prefer to act rather than talk.” Finally – a man who will carry out his work quietly rather than make empty promises to the fans.
In truth, a little of Juventus died a while before they were humiliatingly relegated. With the death of Gianni Agnelli, the club not only lost a man capable of leading the side to repeated glory but also their number one fan who would do everything in the name of Juventus. Ever since then, the Old Lady hasn’t been able to find the right man to guide her back into grandeur. Blanc has done well to lift this majestic team out of the black hole it found itself in but it will be eternally hard for him to attain the love of the tifosi considering the successes the previous Management enjoyed. However, he needs to love this team with his whole heart and truly believe in the project he has laid out before him. It would be wise to remember that Silvio Berlusconi entrusted his glittering assembled squad into the hands of a man who until then was coaching a Serie B side, Arrigo Sacchi. He believed in his vision despite the fact Milan were eliminated from the UEFA cup early on and chose to stand by him opting to threaten a squad that possessed the likes of Marco Van Basten instead. This is not to suggest that Ferrara should keep his role as Tactician but rather to remind Blanc of what it takes to be considered a true leader – let your words carry true weight. It’s time to restore the professional attitude Juventus have long been celebrated for and should he dismiss Ferrara then he should ensure the revolving door stops revolving there. Presidents, Coaches and members of Management have come and gone and results have still not been achieved. It’s time to take responsibility for the mistakes made and ensure none are repeated and give the fans a real project to believe in – a change of Coach is not the only thing that needs to happen.
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
Less talk and more action – December 29, 2009