Saturday August 4 2012
Cannavaro: 'I'd be Juve Coach'

Former captain Fabio Cannavaro said “it would be difficult to say no” if Juventus asked him to replace Antonio Conte during the potential betting ban.

Conte risks a 15-month suspension, as he has opted to go to a full trial in order to prove his innocence when charged with failing to report an attempted fix while at Siena in Serie B.

Cannavaro got his coaching certificate this week, so he has been mentioned as a possible replacement – especially as Conte’s ban only goes as far as sitting on the bench or in the locker room on match days.

“What would I do if Juventus called me? It’s those challenges, and those teams, that it would be difficult to say no to,” the Ballon d’Or winner told RTL 102.5 radio.

“Right now they have a great Coach and won the Scudetto, so I hope they can resolve this matter.

“After all, the only problem with Conte when banned would be the fact he couldn’t sit on the bench on a Sunday. A real Coach is seen by his day to day work in training.

“Not being on the bench is a problem, but I think they’d be able to deal with it anyway. With the technology they have nowadays, someone can sit in the stands, view the game and be able to have some control over team orders anyway.”

The most likely option on the table is for assistant Massimo Carrera to sit on the bench as the de facto Coach of Juventus during any potential Conte ban.

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