Sunday September 30 2018
Marotta architect of the new Juve

Beppe Marotta's sudden departure from Juventus was a shock to Richard Hall, who asks questions about the next step in their ambitions.

Beppe Marotta, CEO and director general of Juventus, confirmed he was leaving the club yesterday after claiming that he was “no longer in sync with President Andrea Agnelli”. This news came as a shock around the world of Italian football, as the man who has overseen the Bianconeri’s seven consecutive titles took to live television to announce his departure. The news came as a surprise, even to Max Allegri, and the questions why did he leave and what will he do next are still up in the air.

Marotta has had a long career in football, he started as a director of youth development for his home town club Varese in 1978, before having spells at Monza, Como, Ravenna, Venezia and Atalanta, eventually finding himself at Sampdoria. Here, he and Walter Novellino managed to build a side that won promotion to Serie A and then almost qualify for the Champions League. After some clever transfer windows, the Genoese side eventually completed their goal and made it into Europe’s most prestigious competition in 2010. This turned the head of Juventus and the rest as they say is history.

History it turned out to be and it isn’t hyperbole to say that Juventus would not be the club they are today without him. In his first season he made some bold moves, 14 new faces would arrive like Milos Krasic, Fabio Quagliarella, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli, whilst he also bravely offloaded club favourite David Trezeguet and the failing star Diego. After a seventh-place finish in 2010-11, he announced that Coach Luigi Del Neri would not be returning and Antonio Conte would be taking his place.

This was the beginning of what has been a golden era in Juventus history, as title after title followed. Whilst Conte was establishing the Bianconeri as a force on the pitch, Marotta was doing his best off it to furnish the Coach with the right tools for the job.

This continued under Max Allegri and the Turin giants started to become the force they are today. What cannot be underestimated here is their ability to regenerate in this time. They have lost key players at the end of many seasons and whilst Allegri in particular can take credit for adapting on the field to deal with these problems, Marotta has to take credit for his dealings in the market to help regenerate.

When thinking of the players who were key to Juventus and then left, the list is a long one. Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal, Leonardo Bonucci (who returned this summer) and Gianluigi Buffon are just some of the players who Juventus have had to adapt to playing without. Even so, they have not missed a beat and the likes of a Gonzalo Higuain or a Miralem Pjanic always turned up to replace them. Pogba arrived on a free before being sold back to Manchester United for a monumental figure. This was commonplace in his dealings and the reinvestment was always wise, often taking key players from their rivals.

With all this success, it was no wonder that there were some shocked faces in Turin yesterday. The Corriere Della Sera published quotes from Marotta suggesting the decision was made by Juventus and not FIAT, showing that John Elkann was not behind the decision and pointed to ‘irreconcilable’ differences between himself and Agnelli.

Now the current director of sport Fabio Paratici is expected to take over the main transfer negotiations, whilst Marotta’s future is unclear. There had been rumours he was to become the new President of the FIGC but this was something that he quickly dismissed. He will certainly be in demand from many of Europe’s elite clubs with his superlative track record.

So, here ends one of Italian football’s great successes. There is no doubt that The Old Lady will continue to be successful and Marotta will also be able to continue his excellent work elsewhere, but it is sad to see the two depart, as the results (whether you love or loathe Juventus) were impressive.

The nagging question remains: just how different were the views of Agnelli and Marotta? Does this mean Juventus are planning on being even more ambitious after the purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo or have they over-stretched their finances with this massive buy? We probably won’t have to wait long to find out.

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Have your say...
I think that a major problem was the mentality "if a player doesn't want to stay we let him go" + the ageing squad under Marotta together with his short to medium term planning.
And lets not forget many of the so called "panic buys" he produced :)
Still he managed a great era for Juve and his good buys outweigh the bad ones.
on the 2nd October, 2018 at 3:05pm
When suddenly heaven becomes hell again. Agnelli`s ego probably got too big and he needs a lesson. Curious to see where Marotta will continue, Man Utd should look for a guy like this if they want transfers to be done, but P$G could be be the winners of this move.
on the 1st October, 2018 at 1:54pm
Finally, they'll bring back the great Luciano Moggi!

On a more serious note, despite all Moratta's achievements and shrewd signings, he did have a tendency to fail in convincing stars to stay and then to sell said stars below market value. When you continually say, "We don't keep players against their will," you don't exactly put yourself in a strong negotiating position. Selling Vidal still stings. Maybe he was planning to sell Dybala and Agnelli disagreed.
on the 30th September, 2018 at 5:26pm
From now on Juve need one super star per year and one talent. It means Savic next summer for 110 mill and an under 22 defender to succeed Chiellini.
on the 30th September, 2018 at 5:16pm
I support it as the Ronaldo idea was born in Paratici's mind. Marotta had not done enough for jive global brand. We need better income streams. juvenile are cooking huge things and don't be surprised if Icardi and Pogba come next.
on the 30th September, 2018 at 2:20pm
This was a big surprise. Specially the timing of it.

He will always be respected. He made some really shrewd signings like Pirlo, Barzagli, Pogba and Vidal.

I hope this was a step in the right direction.

Does Agnelli want someone who's more "adventurous"? or more high profile like Zidane? Was there a falling out? Was the negative balance on Juve's sheets this season the reason behind this? Stay tuned..
on the 30th September, 2018 at 1:30pm
this new juve was OLD now, and need fresh souls
on the 30th September, 2018 at 12:06pm
Hey, all credit and all thanks to Marotta. He did great things, and we wish him all the best. But when you are 43 years old like me, and have been a Juve fan since I was 8, you realise that no one is bigger than the club. We did well before, we will do well after. Good luck, Marotta, but may your replacement do even better. Cheers
on the 30th September, 2018 at 11:20am
All those paragraphs, but only two on the future direction of Juve and Marotta? The article’s headline suggested some insight, but the majority covered what we already know! Must do better!
on the 30th September, 2018 at 10:34am
CR7 is doing great. Who would have thought that continuous listening to 'Johnny Cash Live at San Quintin" and watching the first season of 'Orange is the new Black and White (sic)' would be such great match perpetration.
on the 30th September, 2018 at 10:19am
Simply a sad day to read such news but hey we are Juventus and we will continue to be Juventus and go on stronger and stronger......#Forzajuve
on the 30th September, 2018 at 10:09am

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