This comes as no surprise but Italian giants Juventus have appointed a new coach. The Turin club made the announcement yesterday on their official club website. Luigi Del Neri will take over from Alberto Zaccheroni from the 1st of July 2010.
Del Neri was Sampdoria’s coach up until last week and going by the success he achieved with the Blucerchiati, it is no wonder that Andrea Agnelli was quick to contract his services. Del Neri led Sampdoria to a 4th place finish in the just concluded 2009/2010 Serie A campaign and thanks to him, Sampdoria might feature in Europe’s top flight European Club competition the Uefa Champions League if they make it past the qualifiers
That was not the only change. Guiseppe Marotta also joined the Juve staff as the director general for sports affairs. After finishing the season in 7th place, it was very obvious that drastic changes were to take place immediately after their humiliating 3-0 loss to rivals AC Milan last Saturday.
The Bianconeri had a rather disastrous season that was only salvaged by Del Neri’s predecessor Zaccheroni. Zaccheroni struggled to lift the club back in the top 10 and to be fair their 7th place finish was really a bargain. It could have been worse. It now remains to be seen whether Del Neri can match or surpass the success he had with Sampdoria at Juventus.
Juve should now compete it all with the signings of some good players who can bring back some life to the once dominant club. I would recommend Barca players Henry and Toure however unlikely that may be.
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