By Football Italian staff Sports journalist Paolo Crede reports that Juventus are in a race to find a new academy director, with the Bianconeri reportedly seeking to appoint a director of academy training courses and a director for technical staff.
According to Il Messaggero, the Juventus Academy is in a state of emergency as the board is being forced to deal with the impact of the financial crisis on the academy and its staff.
The academy has been struggling since the end of the 2015-16 season as the club’s academy is under a financial crisis as a result of the €1.1 billion transfer of Luca Toni, the transfer which is now under review by the Turin court.
Despite the situation, the academy has maintained its record of placing over 70 of its players in the first team and has developed a strong squad over the years, with current coach Massimo Moratti having won Serie A titles with Juventus in the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons.
Juventus’ latest academy director is a former Juve Academy president, Massimo Corleone, and his name is being mentioned in relation to the position.
Corleone has been in charge of the Juve academy for almost two decades and was the academy’s director of youth from 2003 until 2015.
Corlone left the club in November 2015 after 12 years with the club, after having overseen the development of several of the clubs brightest young players such as Gonzalo Higuain, Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Barzagli and Alessandro Nesta.
The president of the academy, Gianluca Di Marzio, who has been the chief executive of Juventus since the beginning of the year, has been involved in negotiations to bring in a new director of training courses, with former Juventus director Massimo Abate among those in favour of the appointment.
Juve president Silvio Berlusconi also has his fingers in the pies, with several sources in the club reporting that the president has been approached by Juventus about a new president of Juventus, and that he is also interested in a role in the Biancocelesti.