In the years following Andrea Agnelli taking over as Juventus’ president and the subsequent reworking of the club’s management team, they have shown a tendency to keep things within the great Bianconeri family. If somebody leaves, the trend has been to promote from within or bring somebody back to the club who is not too far removed from their last stint in bianconero as a player or a front office member.
We are familiar with the names now. Some of them have come on and gone, others are still around from the early days of the Agnelli era, one that has seen a Serie A title run like nobody has ever produced before take place.
But in a summer that is undoubtedly going to see a decent amount of change, Juventus has continued with its promote-from-within trend to fill the void left by Fabio Paratici’s departure (and subsequent move to Tottenham). A day after the club announced a massive €400 million influx of capital to help relieve some of the pressure of a massive €320 million worth of losses mainly as a result of the pandemic, Juventus has begun the new fiscal year with a new man officially in charge of roster construction: Paratici’s former right-hand man, Federico Cherubini. Even though he’s unofficially been on the job and working with Max Allegri for a couple of weeks now, Cherubini now officially begins his tenure as the man who will play a large role in what Juventus’ roster looks like this coming season and into the future.
Along with new director Maurizio Arrivabene — who has previously served on Juventus’ board of directors — Cherubini is now tasked with both getting Juve out of the economic strain that has come to be because of the pandemic as well as crafting a roster than can be successful under Allegri’s second stint in Turin.
Cherubini, along with Arrivabene were unveiled in their new roles during a Thursday press conference with Agnelli and Pavel Nedved.
Cherubini might be a new name to some, but he’s not a new name to those who have been at the club or following the inner workings of the management hierarchy outside of the ones we see in public on a regular basis. Before becoming No. 2 in charge alongside Paratici, Cherubini was in charge of getting Juve’s Under-23 team off the ground when it joined Serie C. Before that, he had worked in the youth sector after joining Juventus in 2012.
Now, after working his way up the ladder for the better part of the last decade, Cherubini is now one of the most important figures at Juventus. Even though we basically understand that a big sticking point in Allegri coming back was the fact that he wanted more control over the roster, Cherubini’s going to be working to rebuild this roster into one that can compete for the Scudetto again and provide Juve’s new manager with the tools necessary to ensure that his vision of what he wants comes to fruition.
It’s no small task — especially in this current economic climate. The hope is that working with Beppe Marotta and more closely Paratici has taught him what he needs to succeed.
We’re going to find out over the next few weeks and months what he’s all about, though, in this incredibly crucial summer transfer window for a Juventus team looking to start another Scudetto streak.