Juventus believe Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis will eventually cave and let Cristiano Giuntoli go. However, they would have a readymade alternative if that didn’t happen. Rather than chasing after different executives, they’d promote Giovanni Manna. He has been managing the Next Gen squad in recent years, Calciomercato informs.
The up-and-coming official escaped any suspension thanks to the recent plea bargain. Instead, current sporting director Federico Cherubini is serving a 16-month disqualification because of the capital gains trial. He can’t formally represent the club, but he will stay aboard.
If Juventus can’t get Giuntoli right away, Francesco Calvo will continue leading the sports area. Napoli want to find a new coach before tackling that matter, Corriere dello Sport informs. If they can’t come to terms, he might emulate Luciano Spalletti and resign. He’d take a year off while still being under contract with the Azzurri.
According to TuttoSport, Igor Tudor and Vincenzo Italiano would be the frontrunners to take over if Massimiliano Allegri was dismissed. The prospective new head of football is a big fan of the Fiorentina gaffer. He’s in the running for the Partenopei job as well. The Bianconeri can’t take long to make the call on both topics considering the competition. Moreover, Manna is being eyed by Serie B side Pisa, who’d hand him the reins solo.
Our Take on Juventus and Giuntoli
If they aren’t interested in any other director and will promote from within, then it means that they are willing to wait a season to hire him, which could be a reasonable sacrifice.
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