At the end of the 2011/12 edition of the Serie A, everything looked bright for Juventus: Antonio Conte’s team has just completed a season without a single loss and won the Scudetto title. After years of mediocrity, The Old Lady finally looked like a young, up-and-coming team.
Conte was fundamental for the revival of the club and he’s regarded in Italy as an innovative, ruthless and inspirational manager, who can lead the Bianconeri to more domestic and European glory. It seems like Juve found their “Pep Guardiola” – the former star who turned into the loved and successful manager. An icon who oozes class and intimately understands the club.
However nothing comes easy. Especially for Juve. The Calcioscommesse scandal saw the former Juve Captain outrageously suspended for 10 months. This led to a lot of speculations about his future as Juventus coach: Should Juve keep their suspended manager although he won’t be able to sit on the team’s the bench for the entire season, or should they find a replacement?
The initial answer was given in the successful Super Cup match against Napoli. Former player and current member of the coaching staff, Massimo Carrera, was leading the team on the lines while Conte was sitting in the stands.
In addition, both club president Andrea Agnelli and general manager Beppe Marotta declared they stand behind Conte and that he’s still the one and only leader of the team.
This decision is the correct one and the club should stick to it.
Jose Mourinho once said that “unity and passion lead to success”, and the feeling now is that the support Conte is receiving from the club’s hierarchy can do world of good to the unity and passion within the club. This will surely lead to future success.
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