Six names to replace Ferrara

Posted on 19/01/2010


Tuttosport understands Juventus have drawn up a list of six candidates capable of replacing Ciro Ferrara, including Giovanni Trapattoni.

Ferrara has been under an incredible amount of pressure after leading Juventus on an incredible run that has seen them knocked out of the Champions League and fall away from the title race.

Guus Hiddink has long been the favourite to replace him, but repeated denials from his agent and competition from Liverpool suggest a deal with the Dutchman isn’t in the offing.

Sticking with Dutch Coaches, Juventus are apparently giving a great deal of consideration to Milan legend Marco van Basten, who has been out of work since leaving Ajax last year.

Juventus have also profiled Michael Laudrup, the former Getafe and Brondby manager, who played for the Bianconeri in the 1980s.

Laudrup is available after being sacked by Spartak Moscow in September last year. He was linked with the Atletico Madrid job in October along with Luciano Spalletti, but the club’s board eventually went with Quique Sanchez Flores.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Juande Ramos, perhaps best known for his achievements with Sevilla, is also said to be under discussion.

However, perhaps the two most intriguing names on the list are those of Alberto Zaccheroni and Trapattoni.

Tuttosport understands Trap would be happy to accept a part-time arrangement whereby he would temporarily leave his duties with the Republic of Ireland and return to Juventus for four months.

Trap has trained Juventus with great success on two separate occasions, winning the Scudetto six times and the European Cup once along with seven other major honours.

Aged 70, Tuttosport believes Trap would view the Juventus job as a glorious opportunity to come full circle and close his career.