Monday October 3 2011
Juric: 'Too early to judge Malesani'

Former Genoa player Ivan Juric has claimed it is too early for Enrico Preziosi to be considering Alberto Malesani's future at the club.

Juric spent four years on the pitch at Marassi before retiring, briefly taking charge of the Grifone's youth team and then leaving to join Gian Piero Gasperini's backroom staff for his brief spell at Inter.

The UEFA A licence-qualified Coach gave his view on the growing speculation that Genoa President Preziosi is set to sack Malesani after just five rounds of fixtures.

"It seems premature to talk about Malesani being at risk. They had a good start to the season and then at Chievo were unlucky to lose. Yesterday I saw the match with Parma live and they did not deserve to suffer such a sharp defeat.

"There is a wrong attitude across the whole team, not just in midfield. It can happen, especially at competitive level, but should be why Genoa are losing. They have the means to make a great season.

"When you change so much as Genoa have, it is normal to go through a difficult period of adjustment. Among the new players there are many interesting names, although the strongest remains [Rodrigo] Palacio."

Juric then reflected on Gasperini's brief spell with the Nerazzurri.

"It was intense and interesting to work with Inter. They have important people, especially among players, whose personality and desire are ideally suited to their to work.

"Results determine everything, but at a Coach should have time. Especially when it is one like Gasp, who wanted to bring an innovative offensive idea to the team.

"Look at Andre Villas Boas at Chelsea, they were unwatchable in the beginning but now it works fine."

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