So it appears that everyone has jumped on the bandwagon in favour of a Management shake-up at Juventus’ headquarters.
Some may say that this campaign has been nothing but a joke as the Bianconeri have been knocked out of the running for most titles. However, the one good thing that has come out of this season is that the house of cards has fallen down. Finally the likes of Jean-Claude Blanc have realised the difficulties that lie in running a prestigious club and the necessary football knowledge needed in order to succeed. Had Juve reached second place then surely it would have taken at least another year for Management to realise that they must start again and really build a long-term project – one that will involve connoisseurs of the game behind the scenes and esteemed players on the pitch.
Too often Management have given into panic and acted in haste in order to bring about required results – decisions that have ended up costing them dear. They are not willing to accept any failure and this type of risk aversion has seen them witness more failure that they ever thought imaginable. They did not want to lose out the Champions League last year so they sacked Claudio Ranieri with only two weeks of the campaign left and decided to continue the project with Ciro Ferrara. All the money spent on changing contracts earned them nothing but an early exit out of Europe’s most prestigious footballing tournament and another dismissal that had them panicking yet again. And panic was not only evident in the Coaches that have passed through the revolving door.
The injuries list has grown so tedious that Juve have almost been forced to play with their second string team for the last half of the current campaign, yet no proper investigations have been launched to find the source of the injuries, why they keep happening and why they have crippled the last two campaigns. Instead they opt to pull Michele Paolucci out of Siena and decide to purchase Antonio Candreva as a way of combating the problem. The latter has so far provided decent performances but is it likely that we’ll ever see Paolucci play again for the rest of the season?
Things must change at Juventus and it must change soon. To begin with, only those who have the right experience and the necessary credentials should be allowed to reprise a role at Juve. They should be placed in positions that best make use of their skills. You would never have the CEO of Tesco working for Microsoft so what makes Juve’s current directors think they can manage a football team? Thus Jean-Claude Blanc who has only really demonstrated a key knowledge of finance should only hold a position in that area. Since he has no knowledge of football, he should step down as President. Alessio Secco has proved repeatedly his inexperience with transfers and should relinquish his role for the likes of Pantaleo Corvino or Beppe Marotta who have proved that they are up to the task of sporting director. As for the President, if it shall not be a member of the Agnelli family then it should be a figure that has long been associated with the history of Juventus, much like Giampiero Boniperti.
Once they have finished overhauling Management, the next step should be investing in (and here’s the important part) a proven and successful Coach. The next Tactician must have already demonstrated the ability to lead a big team, who will be able to cope with the extraordinary pressure and who can communicate clear tactical idea to his players. Money should be of no object as a great Coach can make even the worst squads dazzle. Once he arrives, he should be allowed to implement his ideas and suggest players he would like Management to bring in and not have to make do with whoever the Board had already decided to bring in.
As for the players – everyone know that the key to success lies in mixing highly rated, and experienced players with young starlets who have come through from the youth sector. The problem with this current Juve is that it neither features any big name talent, players that could single-handedly change the course of a match nor does it allow its youth their time to develop on the pitch. Instead the Bianconeri are currently fielding a failing mishmash of sub-standard players with over-the-hill legends – a combination that has tarnished this Old Lady’s winning reputation.
As we had previously suspected, there never was a project at Vinovo. If this club wishes to ever return to glory heights then the first step must be to accept failure. They must begin building slowly and accept that their ambitions must be scaled down. Once their hard work begins to yield result, they can then begin to think of attracting the likes of Franck Ribery.
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
Change is all we wanted for Christmas – January 5, 2010
Does this mean we have to keep him? – January 8, 2010
Maybe just maybe, Juve is back in business – January 15, 2010
We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope – January 19, 2010
Is John Elkann the real reason for Juventus’ failure? – January 22, 2010
Another day, another defeat – January 26, 2010
A marginally better Juve – February 2, 2010
The inescapable failure – February 9, 2010
Starting from stratch – February 12, 2010