Calcio Debate: Guus Hiddink Or Giovanni Trapattoni Must Replace Ciro Ferrara To Save Juventus’ Season

Posted on 24/01/2010


It’s cheerio for Ciro, and Carlo Garganese says there are only two names who should replace him until the end of the season…

Ciro Ferrara will end his miserable seven month spell asJuventus coach in the coming hours, and there really was no other option.

With six defeats in their last eight Serie A games, the Bianconeri have not only disappeared out of the Scudetto race but they are also in real danger of not qualifying for the Champions League. Should on-fire Napoli beat Livorno on Sunday afternoon, Juve will find themselves four points outside the top four.

Out of the Champions League, and with the worthlessCoppa Italia and Europa League the only silverware to play for, Juventus’ remaining purpose this season is to ensure they are in the European Cup next term. Failure to do so would be catastrophic on both a financial and sporting level.

What Juventus require now is an old, wise head with the experience to steer the club through these stormy waters. This is no time for experimenting on someone young and untested, and gambling on Juve’s future – results are needed now and there are 17 games remaining to save the day.

Of all the coaches available and attainable, only two fit the bill – Guus Hiddink and Giovanni Trapattoni. The Dutchman, as well as being one of the best coaches in the world, has proven time and again his ability at obtaining immediate results. This time last year, Hiddink singlehandedly turned around Chelsea’s campaign, winning the FA Cup and taking them close in both the Premier League and Champions League. Had Juventusappointed the 63-year-old prior to the Bayern Munich humiliation, we could now be talking about an Old Lady still in the running for the two major competitions.

The legendary Trapattoni may turn 71 in a couple of months, but he has the fitness, sharpness and enthusiasm of someone half his age. With a poor Ireland side, he drew twice with Italy in World Cup qualifying and almost masterminded the most famous victory in the country’s history against France until being denied by the infamous ‘Hand of Henry’. Trap knows the Bianconeri environment inside out following his two spells at the club, the first in which he won every club honour in the game including six Scudetti, a European Cup, UEFA Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

With it seeming increasingly likely that the reason Ferrara’s stay of execution has lasted so long is because Marcello Lippi will return after the World Cup, either Hiddink or Trapattoni would only arrive on a six month contract. The latter has little to do during this time as Ireland coach, with there being no competitive matches, and would surely jump at the chance of seeing his managerial career come full circle. (Ireland also wouldn’t turn down some compensation!) As for Hiddink, his wage demands may cause a problem. Juve must decide, though, whether they want to go cheap and fail to qualify for the Champions League or open their wallet and achieve their goals.

From a romantic point of view, it would be great to see Trapattoni return to Serie A for one last hurrah. One of the top three club coaches in the history of the game, if nothing else it will provide for some entertaining press conferences. No more Rocky horror shows.
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