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Marotta and Mazzia on their way out, claims of discord with Agnelli

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Juventus have announced their new Board of Directors following the surprise announcement over the weekend from CEO and Director General Beppe Marotta that he would be leaving the club. Also on his way is Aldo Mazzia, the Chief Financial Officer since 2011 as well.

Speaking in a meeting earlier today, Club President Andrea Agnelli confirmed the Board lineup, but didn’t say who would be taking over as the new CEO.

“As is clear to everyone, there’s a Board of Directors which manages the club through a series of mandates.

“They will be assigned after the AGM on October 25. The management model of Juventus since my arrival will stay the same and is based on three pillars: sport, revenues and services.

“Juventus will carry on working like this. The leadership within Juventus will change. Giorgio Ricci will take care of revenues, Fabio Paratici will be responsible for the sporting area and Marco Re for services.

“Marotta and [Aldo] Mazzia did great jobs. They’ve raised young and great leaders, who are now faced by great challenges like those in 2011, although these ones are even bigger because we now work on a global level.

“We must make sure that Juventus remain at the top of European football and compete with teams who are ahead of us in terms of revenue like Bayern Munich, the Spanish, the English and Paris Saint-Germain.

“We’ve known for six years that the management of Juventus passes through the field, but both revenues and services are equally important. Juventus will continue to operate with continuity in a managerial sense.”

Not mentioned were Vice-President Pavel Nedved and director Maurizio Arrivabene, who is in charge of Scuderia Ferrari but could get more involved in Juve matters going forward.

Marotta seemed to indicate that there had been a growing disconnect between him and Agnelli leading to his forced exit.

“It is a situation the club wanted and I have to adapt to their desires and ideas, out of my love for both the people and of Juventus itself,” Marotta told Rai 2 show 90 Minuto.

“I think it’s a bit much to say I was kicked out. I simply have to follow the company line. I am a company man, I understand and therefore it is only right that other people step forward. I am sure that I have given 100 per cent over these years of great success. I hope those who replace me do the same.

“It is painful, because the world of work and of sport are made up of sentiments. In these eight or nine years, I have fortunately experienced so many wonderful emotions.

“I believe that I accompanied President Agnelli on this journey and now he is able to be a protagonist in this sport at both national and international level.

“Juve represent one of the most unforgettable pages in the book of my life. The best memory was in Trieste, when we won the first Scudetto of the Agnelli era with Antonio Conte on the bench. It was such a strong feeling and so unpredictable, as with hard work and dedication, we wiped out the gap from the top clubs in one year.”

There has been talk of Marotta running for the contentious FIGC President role, or even taking over at AS Roma, Napoli, Manchester United or Barcelona.

“I can categorically deny that I will be a candidate for the FIGC, because that is not something I want to choose.

“I will not rule out joining another big club, as I am a man who spent the last 40 consecutive years in club football and it’s the first time I am taking a break during a season.

“I need to recharge, but I would like to begin 2019-20 at the helm of another team.”