Ferrara: ‘Not all my fault, Juve’

Posted on 18/09/2010

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Ciro Ferrara points out it “was not all my fault” that Juventus have been in such poor form and looks forward to a return to management.

The former Coach was fired in January, but matters have barely improved under Alberto Zaccheroni or Gigi Del Neri.

“When I arrived at Juventus, some deals had already been done. For example, Fabio Cannavaro, who I did not object to, and Diego,” Ferrara told the Corriere dello Sport.

“For me Diego has undoubted talent and quality, but he needs a team built around him to work properly. I don’t think it’s possible to make him adapt to a system different from the one he suits best.”

Diego was sold to Wolfsburg just a year after his move from Werder Bremen, despite Del Neri publicly backing the Brazilian.

“I would not have sold him, but I do understand. Juventus chose to go back to the past and focus on the old 4-4-2 system, so it became very complicated to put him within that framework. It’s kind of the opposite of what happened when I was introduced.

“Time has proved beyond doubt that it was not all my fault or his, as Diego’s difficulties were simply those of everyone. Unfortunately, the winning era has finished.

“The side that would triumph in Italy and Europe is in the past now and a reconstruction process could take some time.

“It requires understanding and settling into this new ‘normality’ that is not in the Juventus style. There must also be a focus on the mentality.”

Juve were Ferrara’s first coaching job and he is considering a return to the bench.

“For the moment I am spending a lot of time on the couch, watching television. There were some talks before the season started, but nothing more.

“I wait patiently and would rather like an experience abroad. I spent time in England studying with Roberto Mancini, Carlo Ancelotti, Sir Alex Ferguson and Gianfranco Zola.

“Now I’ll start going round again, asking Giampiero Ventura to let me observe a week of typical training, as Bari really do play great football.”


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