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With the conclusion of the current season approaching, it brings a mixed bag of emotions for Juventus and their devoted fans. With an eye on the future, the club prepares to face the challenges that lie ahead, particularly in the realm of sports justice.

Despite their unwavering determination, the management at Continassa realizes the pragmatic need to consider a possible plea deal, given the Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the CAF’s unwavering stance.

Relegation to Serie B looms as a potential consequence, and while Juventus remains resilient, they are open to an honorable surrender that doesn’t cripple the club’s prospects.

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Negotiations revolve around a penalty of 6 to 9 points, already factored into the current championship, along with a significant fine of around 25 to 30 million euros, encompassing salary and partnership infractions.

Nevertheless, the club’s fate in continental competitions rests in the hands of UEFA. Unfavorable news emanates from Nyon, as UEFA President Ceferin harbors a desire to exclude Juventus from European competitions for at least a year, even if they were to clinch victory in the Europa League.

The UEFA president’s vengeance-seeking motives have not gone unnoticed by Juventus’ top management and Exor properties. John Elkann, in particular, had hoped that the revamp of Juventus’ board of directors would appease Ceferin, but it appears his efforts fell short.

Reminiscent of UEFA’s treatment of Milan after Calciopoli, Continassa acknowledges that the rules may not be applied equally to all clubs. Consequently, Juventus braces itself for a season devoid of continental cups, realizing that UEFA’s decision will likely be politically motivated, with the unresolved SuperLega situation weighing heavily against them.

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In light of the potential absence from cups, Juventus is planning a comprehensive reconstruction while retaining their current technical guide. Massimiliano Allegri will be reconfirmed as the head coach for the next two years.

The ownership appreciates Allegri’s adept management of the team during this challenging period and recognizes the financial constraints of hiring another coach in the event of his departure.

Although there had been talk of a unilateral clause at the end of the second year of the contract, allowing either party to terminate the relationship if dissatisfied, such discussions are not currently on the agenda. Instead, there is a mutual desire to continue their successful partnership for the next two seasons.

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However, the disqualification of Fabio Paratici’s successor, Federico Cherubini, necessitates the appointment of a sporting director. Cristiano Giuntoli, the current director of Napoli, emerges as the frontrunner for the role.

Despite his public denial of contact from Juventus, it is speculated that Giuntoli would be interested in the move, especially given the significant increase in salary compared to his current position.

The Juventus management admires Giuntoli’s ability to assemble a championship-winning team with relatively modest investments, showcasing his talent for unearthing unknown talents. Considering Juventus’ financial constraints, significant transfers and contract renewals will be necessary, making Giuntoli an ideal fit for the club’s upcoming team re-foundation in the summer.

It’s worth mentioning that the Giuntoli family has long held strong sympathies for Juventus, adding an extra layer of connection to the potential appointment. While this may have little bearing on the decision, it certainly doesn’t hurt. As Juventus sets sail toward a new chapter, they remain focused on rebuilding their team and emerging stronger from the challenges that lie ahead.

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