Thursday November 17 2011
Ferrara on his spell at Juve…

Italian Under-21 boss Ciro Ferrara has defended his brief reign as Juventus Coach. “Others didn’t do better than me.”

Ferrara, a former Napoli and Juventus defender, was appointed as boss in Turin on a full-time basis in the summer of 2009-10.

However, the tactician was replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni after a disappointing record of 15 wins, five draws and 11 defeats from his 31 games in charge.

“Juventus was some time ago now,” the ex-Azzurri international told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday.

“I’ve asked myself many questions about it.

“There was a river of criticism aimed towards me that I was too young and inexperienced,” added the now 44-year-old.

“I certainly made some mistakes, but it doesn’t seem to me that the more mature Coaches did better than me.

“I’m just disappointed that I wasn’t able to give joy to the club and the fans. I have nothing against Juventus as I gave them a lot and they gave me a lot.”

Juventus later replaced Zaccheroni with Gigi Del Neri and have now opted for Antonio Conte, a former teammate of Ferrara, after he led Siena to promotion last term.

“Antonio is doing an excellent job,” Ferrara added. “He can take Juve back to the top and I’m happy.

“There is now a cohesive and more determined environment there. The new stadium is an important step for the future too.

“Conte is right to not create expectations about the Scudetto, but, without any European commitments, they are title candidates this season.”

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