Saturday March 19 2011
Del Neri: 'I'm not Juve caretaker'

Gigi Del Neri insists Juventus can build on recent displays against Brescia and asked fans not to jeer. “I'm not a caretaker manager.”

The Bianconeri ended their run of three consecutive defeats by squeezing a point at Cesena last week and take on another relegation battler tomorrow.

“I want to see the hunger for victory. This game comes at a particular time for us. We must evaluate the mistakes we've made recently, but also the positive performances against Milan and Cesena,” said the Coach.

“We have to make the most of this moment and stretch those brief positive moments into a whole match situation. It has been a difficult season and changes forced continually. I think when the team was at full strength, we achieved some important results.”

The fans and media have turned against Juve, particularly Del Neri, as there is continual speculation over who will replace him either before or after the end of the season.

“The important thing is not to pre-judge,” insisted the tactician. “The team needs support. I am happy to take the jeers, but the important thing is that they don't jeer my players. I hope tomorrow they'll fight alongside us to beat Brescia.

“I still feel that I am the Juventus Coach and not a caretaker manager. I will continue to be the Juventus Coach as long as I am given the opportunity to do so. My future depends on many things, not just the results, as I believe a club should choose based on work, effort and the rapport with players.”

Injury problems are building again, as Vincenzo Iaquinta is out for the season with a thigh strain, while Leonardo Bonucci and Armand Traoré are not 100 per cent fit.

“We are also missing many midfielders, but nobody says that. Luca Toni is not at his best, but I think he'll come along for the game.

“At the moment Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are the central defensive partnership, while I hope Traoré and Jorge Martinez can recovery.”

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