Friday September 21 2012
'Carrera was always a Coach'

Massimo Carrera “was already a Coach when he was a player,” claims the Juventus stand-in’s mentor Emiliano Mondonico.

The assistant has been on the touchline throughout this season while Antonio Conte sits out his 10-month ban in the betting scandal.

“Carrera was already a Coach when he was a player at Atalanta,” smiled former Orobici tactician Mondonico.

“You could see he was aiming towards this next phase of his career and I think he’s doing it in the best possible way.

“Of course we mustn’t forget that if Juventus are continuing to do well, then it is thanks to the work of Conte throughout the week.

“It has to be said Carrera is a calm, relaxed and above all competent figure on the touchline. You can tell he knows what needs to be done.”

However, this remains only a temporary solution and Conte’s appeal against the 10-month ban will be heard in October.

“Conte’s personality is too important to this team. Carrera will return to being an assistant manager, albeit one a little more confident of his qualities.

“It will then be his decision to consider whether it’s worth continuing like this or going elsewhere to become a Coach. This is certainly a great shop window for him.”