A new board of directors is set to take Juventus over today at their shareholder’s meeting.
At the end of November, Andrea Agnelli, Pavel Nedved, and the entire board resigned amidst questions over their spending and financial reporting. Their resignation signaled an end of a dominant era of Juventus football.
This new regime, headed by Gianluca Ferrero and Maurizio Scanavino, will have quite a few challenges ahead of them. First, they will need to figure out the financial situation at Juventus and clear it up. If they can’t do that, then the club won’t be able to make any major moves. After they fix the finances, they need to rebuild Juventus.
Juve is a side that has quite a bit of talent. When healthy, this team can compete for the Scudetto with the best in Italy. This, however, should not be good enough for the new board. They should focus their attention on rebuilding their squad so that they can compete for European titles. As of now, they are not strong enough to even advance out of the group stage. They need to rebuild to be able to compete with Europe’s strongest clubs.
They need an infusion of young, talented, world-class players to help build on what is an already solid foundation of youngsters.
Notably, Juve could use a player or two who can complement the skill sets of Federico Chiesa and Dusan Vlahovic, their two bright young stars. They also need help in defense and their midfield might be due for an overhaul.
These changes may not be completed overnight and Juve fans may have to wait for a little while to see the fruits of this labor. But, this is work that will be worth it in the end.
There’s no doubt that Juve’s new board of directors will have to face numerous challenges. They will need to rise to the occasion, just as we expect players and managers to do, in order to reestablish Juve as a dominant player in the Champions League tournament.