Fabio Paratici’s time at Juventus will be coming to an end in a few weeks, with the longtime member of the Juventus front office and the man who has constructed the roster as the club’s director of football the last three years not renewing his soon-to-be expiring contract.
The first question that popped into your is very much a valid one: “Who’s going to take over for Paratici?”
It looks as though Juventus aren’t going far to find his replacement.
According to multiple reports in Italy from the likes of Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti and Turin-based Tuttosport, Paratici’s top assistant, Federico Cherubini will be promoted to the chief football officer role that his predecessor has had since Beppe Marotta left in late 2018. Cherubini has quickly worked his way up the front office ranks after originally joining the club in 2012 and was a key figure in Juve starting the Under-23 team three years ago.
Cherubini’s promotion will come with a contract extension — something that obviously won’t be happening with the man he directly reported to the last couple of years.
Obviously the biggest thing with Cherubini, who turned 50 years old in January, is that we simply don’t know much about him when it comes to his management preferences or overall experience level. While he has been Paratici’s right-hand man the last couple of years, it’s not like he was being touted as much as his former boss was when he was working under Marotta at the beginning of Juve’s Scudetto run in the early 2010s.
There’s also the question of what Juventus’ front office will look like a few weeks from now. Will Paratici’s departure be a one-off type of deal? Or will others, namely Pavel Nedved and Andrea Agnelli, be following him out the door this summer?
(For what it’s worth, Di Marzio has also reported that Juve and Nedved are working on a renewal.)
No matter what, though, it looks as though there is going to be a new guy making transfer and roster construction decisions at Juventus when the summer transfer window opens in July. He isn’t new to the club, but he’s new to a lot of us now that it’s looking like he’s about to be in such a prominent role.