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Andy Golding On January - 28 - 2010

Michael Laudrup To Be The Final Replacement For Ferrara?

juventus mascotCiro Ferrara will soon have his spell as Juventus manager cut short, following another miserable defeat in the hands of AS Roma. Juve now face a deepening crisis, as the chase for securing a place in next years Champions League is rapidly slipping out of their grasp.

Already seemingly out of this season’s title race, in addition to having been eliminated from the Champions League, Juventus have very little to play for other than pride in both the Europa League and the Coppa Italia, but more importantly ensuring that they secure a place in next seasons European Cup. Failure to do so will result in large financial and sporting implications, so who is the right man to save the club’s dwindling season?

With several candidates currently being profiled, the most intriguing of them all is Michael Laudrup, a former player for the Bianconeri in the 1980s and with coaching spells at Brondby, Getafe and more recently Spartak Moscow, Laudrup is renowned for his exciting style of play which won admiration from many during his time at Getafe. However after one season at Getafe, Laudrup moved to Spartak Moscow which soon resulted in his sacking following a string of disappointing results.

Juventus can ill afford to take a risk on another unproven manager at a time when results really matter to ensure Champions League football for next season is secured, and by hiring another rookie who promises attractive football and little in both guaranteed results and experience, can he really lead this team out of trouble? It should also be noted that Laudrup’s Win ratio collectively at all three clubs he has managed is only at 51% which will less than likely bring the tifosi any renewed hope for this season.

What Juventus needs is a wise head who can steer the club out of the storm, ensure that the minimum objectives for this season are achieved, and reassess their options in the summer. With Guus Hiddink seemingly withdrawing himself in the running, Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni still remains the best option in the short term. Despite the recent inclusion of former AC Milan boss Alberto Zaccheroni and former Italy u21 manager Claudio Gentile recently added to the host of possible candidates, Juventus must now choose their replacement manager carefully.

However if the board are serious about meeting their remaining objectives, considering Laudrup is nothing short of suicidal. It is time the club stopped opting for the cheapest option and mediocrity and instead start thinking about what will bring guaranteed results for the sake of the club’s future.

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