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snakies2010-05-05 10:10:21 +0000 #1
Official: Juventus hire Zac

Friday 29 January, 2010

Juventus have confirmed that they have replaced Ciro Ferrara with Alberto Zaccheroni after days of feverish speculation.

The Bianconeri have been planning to replace Ferrara for much of the last month, but proceedings accelerated after Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Roma.

It emerged fairly soon afterwards that last night's Coppa Italia Quarter-Final against Inter at San Siro would be Ferrara's final game in charge no matter what the result.

Incidentally, Juventus lost 2-1, conceding a last minute goal for the second straight game to seal their ninth defeat in 12 games.

Juventus President Jean-Claude Blanc made Rafael Benitez the club's first choice after Guus Hiddink rejected his overtures.

However, Benitez's four-year contract with Liverpool made it distinctly unlikely he would arrive immediately.

Juventus vice-general manager Roberto Bettega was simultaneously pursuing an alternative line of inquiry, interviewing possible interim appointments.

He is widely believed to have interviewed Zaccheroni and Claudio Gentile, the Juventus legend and former Italy Under-21s boss, yesterday afternoon.

Bettega is said to have preferred Gentile, but Zaccheroni got the nod from Blanc and Juventus patron John Elkann.

He is said to have been in Turin this morning to sign a four-month contract.

The former Inter, Udinese and Lazio boss whose finest moment came with Milan in 1999 when he famously won the Scudetto, has been out of the coaching game since 2006 when Juventus's rivals Torino fired him after seven straight defeats.

Both Tuttosport and Il Corriere dello Sport expect him to take his first training session today ahead of this Sunday's match against Lazio. He is famous for playing a 3-4-3 formation, although that system is unlikely to suit Juventus's current personnel.

The Bianconeri currently lie sixth in Serie A and only remain in contention for the Europa League.

finally, lets hope he can turn this around


Snake2010-05-05 10:21:49 +0000 #2
I don't know if it was the right decision. Let's hope things get better from now on.
snakies2010-05-05 10:34:18 +0000 #3
What has happened to the great Juventus?

The demise of Italy’s most successful club is fast becoming a twenty-first century version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. All the Bianconeri players and fans are being led down a road of destruction by a group of incompetent pipe-playing directors.

With the plague engulfing Turin the Pied Piper’s latest tune, rather than drive away the rats, has instead attracted yet another one. The rat’s name? Alberto Zaccheroni.

While it is true that Juventus had very few coaches to turn to as replacement for Ciro Ferrara, it is astonishing that Jean Claude Blanc, the Elkanns, and all the decision-makers, genuinely believe that Zaccheroni is the saviour.

This is a coach who has been unable to find a job since February 2007 when he was sacked by Torino. The 56-year-old’s spell with the Granata lasted less than half a year. Prior to Torino, Zaccheroni had also been unemployed for two years.

Thus, Juventus are pinning their hopes on a coach who has only been in work for five months of the last five-and-a-half years.

It belies belief, doesn’t it?

Now let’s talk tactics. Zaccheroni’s preferred formation is a 3-4-3, and he champions the use of a trident attack. Take a look at Juventus’ squad. Where are the wide players? Sebastian Giovinco and Mauro Camoranesi can occupy the winger roles, but they are both currently injured. Vincenzo Iaquinta, also a long-term absentee, is a less natural option. Antonio Candreva could perhaps improvise too. In simple terms, the Bianconeri don’t have the squad to suit Zaccheroni’s favourite system.

And what about Diego? The Brazilian can’t play in a 3-4-3 or 4-3-3. So unless Zaccheroni employs a 3-4-1-2 as he did with Milan in the latter stages of 1998/99 and uses Diego in the Zvonimir Boban/Leonardo hole, then there will be no room for the trequartista. And if Zaccheroni uses a three man backline, do Juve have enough quality centre backs?

Juventus have changed formation enough this season without Zaccheroni implementing another wacky scheme that the squad don’t even have the players to adapt to.

Most critics will argue that Zaccheroni is a coach of yesterday. On top of the aforementioned ‘five months in five-and-a-half years’, the tactician’s track record over the past 10 years is pretty dire. Despite also coaching Milan, Inter and Lazio, he won no silverware last decade and never came even remotely close. He will be best remembered for the humiliating 5-1 home defeats suffered by Inter and Lazio to Arsenal and Roma respectively.

As Goal.com’s Lazio expert Stefano Federici points out, “He won the Scudetto thanks to some extremely controversial refereeing and has been living in the shadow of his one and only success ever since.”

This one and only success arrived in 1999 when a very ordinary Milan side somehow overhauled a far superior Lazio team to the post in a season when an Alessandro Del Piero-less Juventus were in disarray following the departure of Marcello Lippi.

The days when Zaccheroni was a respected coach are long gone. Indeed, Zac has not been high up in my estimations since his time at Udinese between 1995-98 when the Zebrette played a sparkling brand of football led by the attacking trident of Paolo Poggi, Marcio Amoroso and Oliver Bierhoff. Zac led Udinese to a magnificent third-place finish in 1998, which turned Silvio Berlusconi’s head.

Zaccheroni’s job between now and the end of the season, when he will be replaced by a big name permanent coach such as Rafa Benitez or Marcello Lippi, is to ensure that Juventus finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

Anything less will be a complete disaster, but I am not at all confident that the Meldola-born boss will achieve this objective. Indeed, it wouldn’t surprise me if Zaccheroni is flushed out before the end of the season, and the Pied Pipers of Vinovo lure out another rat.

honestly i didnt think zac was right 4 the job either, but a change was definitely needed. i hope and pray that this decision doesnt ruin juve. this management doesnt seem to care about Juventus or their lives cause if this fails juve fans r gonna look 4 blood. watch your back Blanc
snakies2010-05-05 10:35:51 +0000 #4
Juventus coach Alberto Zaccheroni's appointment has been met with stern opposition from one of the stars of his 1999 Scudetto-winning Milan squad.

Zvonimir Boban has hit out at the way Juventus ousted Ciro Ferrara after bringing in Zaccheroni on a temporary basis.

The new coach has been contracted to the club until June 2010. He is tasked with turning around the club's fortunes and finish the campaign within the top four.

Boban feels the wholesale changes could have been avoided, responding sharply when asked whether Zaccheroni was the man for Juve.

"No [he's not the right man for the job], there has been a loss of style and I agree with what Jose Mourinho said. Juve have not shown Ferrara any respect," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"The club was never close to him, which is what a serious club would have normally done. Even the way this happened, it's all absurd and there is nothing elegant about this whole thing.

"As for Zaccheroni, having been out of work you can understand he wanted to get back into it, but he has lost style accepting a short four-month role.

"He has fallen. He is a coach who has coached great teams and he won the Scudetto. How can he accept being called a ferryman? There is no more respect for anyone at all.

"He will find it very difficult to get this team working. I think it would have been better to stick with Ferrara."
snakies2010-05-05 12:01:04 +0000 #5
my question to this ***king idiot Blanc is why did u bring in Bettega if ur not gonna listen to his ideas? he wanted Gentile, i would have preferred Gentile and im sure all juve fans would have preferred Gentile, but blanc wanted zac a man who hasnt coached shit in the last 5 years. oh my how i wish i was in turin, i would hunt down blanc and shoot him dead b4 he completely destroys Juventus
snakies2010-05-05 11:30:18 +0000 #6
oh and another thing, where the ***k are the Juventus fans??!?! i would be sitting outside headquarters protesting, shouting, rioting until the whole management was forced to quit. i think im gonna go cry now
Snake2010-05-05 13:05:48 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by snakies

oh and another thing, where the ***k are the Juventus fans??!?! i would be sitting outside headquarters protesting, shouting, rioting until the whole management was forced to quit. i think im gonna go cry now

I guess we'll just have to wait until these old bastards die
snakies2010-05-05 13:10:11 +0000 #8
It's time to change, says Zac

Friday 29 January, 2010

Juventus's new boss Alberto Zaccheroni insists it is now time for the team to turn over a new leaf after a terrible couple of months.

The Bianconeri dismissed Ciro Ferrara on Friday after a run of nine defeats in 12 games left the Turin giants out of the Champions League, out of the Coppa Italia, and 16 points adrift of League leaders Inter.

Juventus President Jean-Claude Blanc tried to lure both Rafael Benitez and Guus Hiddink, but couldn't get either to commit and so the Bianconeri hired Zaccheroni as a caretaker until the end of the season.

The 56-year-old, who incidentally becomes only the third Coach ever to train Inter, Milan and Juventus, took his first training session at Vinovo today ahead of Sunday's match against Lazio.

Speaking at his official unveiling, Zaccheroni said: “It's right to turn the page. I recognise the previous work, because Juventus have proposed a winning-style of football, but I don't know the squad temperamentally.

“I like new challenges, a new cycle begins. The squad is very important and I don't know how many teams are superior to Juve. I will bring my shrewdness, but above all I am convinced that I will manage to win this challenge.

“I have only coached one team of a great level and that was Milan; this Juventus is very close to it.

“I have signed a contract until June 30, but I hope to put my directors in difficulty. Sitting on Juventus's bench is like being on top of the world. I will try to transmit my determination.

“I will ask the team to make all its talent available. We need to go and get results. We won't give ourselves limits. We'll see how much time it takes us to get on the right track.

“We are starting again with the idea shared about Juventus at the start of the season. Juve were tipped by many to win the championship.”

Juventus President Jean-Claude Blanc soon weighed in with some thoughts of his own, the first among which concerned Ferrara.

“I would once again like to thank him. I respect Ciro a lot on a professional and human plane. But football is cruel and at times it forces you to make painful choices.

“Zaccheroni guarantees experience at the highest levels, which is necessary in this difficult moment. The decision is shared by the board, the shareholders and the owner,” Blanc concluded.

whatever, stop running ur mouth and prove urself

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