Club Focus – Juventus – Who will take over?

Alberto Zaccheroni is only here for the short haul and the media has been speculating about who will take over the coach’s hot seat for the start of the new campaign. Many names have been mentioned including Cesare Prandelli and Rafa Benitez but very few deserve the honour of being the next Juve tactician.

Latest news surrounding the peninsula suggest that the Juve board has been in touch with Antonio Conte in view of him taking over. This is after all the ex captain of the Bianconeri, a legendary icon and a decorated leader. However, employing him, despite his impressive work with Bari in Serie B would be a grave mistake. Juve is a struggling club which is trying desperately hard to recapture their glory both on a domestic and European level. As such, they need to hire a coach who can cope with such a packed schedule, who has the experience to coach a side playing Champions League games and who has the personality to instil discipline into these players. Conte may not have the nice guy approach, many criticised Ciro Ferrara for having, but despite his apparent mental strength, his inexperience will see him suffer if only because he will have an inexperienced Management backing him. His time will come but for the moment he should not be in contention if only to stop Gian Piero Gasperini from complaining.

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The Italian who is infamous for his love of Juventus has often expressed his concern with the hiring of inexperienced coaches. Not only are they a big risk for the club in question but they are also a slap in the face to those tacticians who, like him, have worked for years to garner the necessary experience and credentials in hopes of one day taking over the coaching role at a big club. Gasperini has long been hailed as the fans’ choice for the hot seat in Turin. He has done wonders at Genoa to revive their fortunes, have turned them into a fabulously attacking team and has brought the best out of certain players who were once thought of as average. However, despite the positives, one should remember that Genoa currently have one of the worst defences in the league this year and have struggled to keep any clean sheets. This is indeed worrying considering the defensive mess the Old Lady finds herself in. Furthermore, considering the current Management’s failure to make good choices, Juventus desperately need a coach who has the experience and confidence to take full control without being pushed around, a man who will stand up to the directors and who will deploy his own ideas. Is Gasperini big enough?

“When I met Rafa I realised maybe for the first time just how important a coach is. He’s not just someone who sticks 11 people on the pitch and chooses a system.” These are the words of Fernando Torres in an interview he conducted with Four Four Two. When it comes to noting the positive effects of hiring Mr Benitez, they are many. He is meticulous and inspiring with his attention to detail, a man who has won plenty with both Valencia and Liverpool and a renowned tactician known for his no nonsense style of play. The only problem is, he needs to spend a lot of money to win.

Liverpool’s recent publicised woes and financial problems have aided in the demise of the Red’s season with many calling for Rafa’s dismissal and many can see why. His hit and miss signings coupled with his insistence on playing key players out of position has certainly won him many critics in England. And lest we forget, he has failed in winning the much coveted league title that has eluded Liverpool since 1990. But before you shake your head with fury at the chance of landing this Spaniard, remember this: Liverpool achieved 86 points last season and were only defeated twice and were only pipped to the post by a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Manchester United. As for Liverpool’s Management, very few can keep the boat sailing whilst a club attempts to cope with financial woes.

Lastly there’s Cesare Prandelli, probably the most brilliant Italian coach in Serie A who would relish the opportunity to embark on a brand new project. The Viola coach needs no introduction. He has restored the grandeur of Fiorentina, has exploited the strengths of each of his squads, has amazed many with his impressive tactical knowledge and has produced a team that is able to outclass and outplay any opponent. Furthermore, he knows what it means to be a Bianconero, having played under Giovanni Trapattoni at a time when Juve was unbeatable. He would certainly be this writer’s pick but Juve will have to fight to steal this man away from his purple project and from the grasp of the Italian FA who would love nothing more than to have him as the next Azzurri coach.

Juventus Club Focus 2009/10

Week 1


Great expectations
– August 21, 2009

Week 2


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

Week 3


Diego lost to injury in victorious Roman repeat
– September 15, 2009


The reserves exposed
– September 18, 2009

Week 4


Transforming the formation
– September 23, 2009

Week 5


The cruel blow of lady injustice
– September 25, 2009

Week 6


Haunted by the ghost of last year’s defence
– September 29, 2009


We’re meant to be happy with one point?
– October 2, 2009

Week 7


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

Week 8


Oh Ferrara, will you ever learn?
– October 20, 2009


Ferrara, thank you for listening
– October 23, 2009

Week 9


Sampdoria will provide the real test
– October 27, 2009


Introducing the real Juve
– October 30, 2009

Week 11


Why are we not surprised?
– November 3, 2009


The many faces of Juve
– November 6, 2009

Week 12


A team of hyperboles
– November 10, 2009

Week 13


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

Week 14


Is it all over?
– December 1, 2009

Week 15


Oh Lord, make our enemies ridiculous
– December 4, 2009


Destroy Bayern and we will really start to believe
– December 8, 2009

Week 16


Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification or so they say
– December 11, 2009


Sanctification is going to have to wait
– December 15, 2009

Week 17


Deliver us from disgrace
– December 18, 2009


Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up
– December 22, 2009

Winter Break


Less talk and more action
– December 29, 2009


Change is all we wanted for Christmas
– January 5, 2010

Week 18


Does this mean we have to keep him?
– January 8, 2010

Week 19


From the sublime to the ridiculous there is only one step, and Ferrara found it
– January 12, 2010


Maybe just maybe, Juve is back in business
– January 15, 2010

Week 20


We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope
– January 19, 2010

Week 21


Is John Elkann the real reason for Juventus’ failure?
– January 22, 2010


Another day, another defeat
– January 26, 2010

Week 22


A marginally better Juve
– February 2, 2010

Week 23


Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending
– February 5, 2010


The inescapable failure
– February 9, 2010

Week 24


Starting from stratch
– February 12, 2010


Can they continue winning?
– February 16, 2010

Week 25


A twilight victory
– February 19, 2010


Patience and fortitude conquer all things
– February 23, 2010

Week 26


Grinding out the necessary results
– February 26, 2010

Week 27


One step forward, two steps back
– March 2, 2010


Who will take over?
– March 5, 2010

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