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Are Juventus Heading Towards Another Managerial Disaster?

Posted by Andy Golding Thursday, March 11, 2021

With the search of Juventus’ next manager still continuing, Andy Golding investigates why a former candidate for the job is being reconsidered?

Cast your minds back to the summer of 2009, Claudio Ranieri was expected to be given his marching orders, whilst Juve risked missing out on Champions League football. Two names in particular were being touted to take up the hot seat, Ciro Ferrara, and Antonio Conte. Fast forward to the present, Ferrara has already been given the sack whilst Champions League football for next season is in the balance once again. Some might say that this is Déjà vu? Certainly nearly a year on Antonio Conte is once again linked with the job for next season, but why? is there really have a shortage of viable alternatives? Have they not learnt their lesson in handing the day to day running of the club to another rookie manager?

With respect to Antonio Conte he may have been a great player and servant to Juventus, much like Ciro Ferrara was but by no means does he bring that same pedigree in his management skills. Despite successfully promoting Bari to Serie A last summer the truth is that Conte is still as inexperienced as Ferrara was when it comes to the big stage, additionally Conte did himself no favours during his short stint at Atalanta, which ironically included a defeat to Ferrara's Juve side.

In addition, Conte also lacks the required personnel for his favoured 4-2-4 formation, particularly on the wings with the exception of Mauro Camoranesi and Martin Caceres, no other player in the squad provides the needed width for his formation to work, subsequently Conte would struggle to fit summer signing Diego into the mix thus meaning thrashing more money into players to accommodate a untested and high risk idea.

It remains baffling as to why Antonio Conte is being reconsidered, of course the shortlist is becoming increasingly shorter with Italy boss Marcello Lippi continuing to distance himself from any future role at Juventus after the World Cup, whilst Rafa Benitez and Fiorentina manager Cesare Prandelli seem to be nothing short of wishful thinking for a club that have constantly proven to opt for cheap management.

If Alberto Zaccheroni has proven anything so far is that a club of this size and structure needs a manager of experience and authority, to even consider Conte for the job will only result to the same consequences the club are faced with this season, if not worse effectively wasting another season further underlining the board's incompetence.

Now is the time to stop experimenting, instead it is about time the club started to lay down real foundations. Zaccheroni may not have the same winning pedigree as the likes of Fabio Capello or Marcello Lippi, but on the face of it Mr Zaccheroni is by far a better option than Antonio Conte.

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