Wednesday April 27 2011
Tardelli: 'Mancini won't join Juve'

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli says Gigi Del Neri isn't to blame for Juventus' troubles, but “Roberto Mancini won't come.”

The last few weeks have seen Manchester City boss Mancini become the hot favourite to replace Del Neri at the end of the season.

“Now it's difficult to find anyone to replace Del Neri,” former Juve legend Tardelli told Radio Sportiva.

“Mancini is happy in England and I don't think he can accept the Bianconeri's offer. He won't come to Turin.

“Besides, Del Neri cannot shoulder all the blame, as it must be shared out between many people. If you remove Alessandro Del Piero and Gigi Buffon, Juve have no world class players.

“Del Neri made mistakes, but the squad at his disposal was not worthy of a title race, certainly not on a par with Milan and Inter. It's difficult to judge his work in these circumstances.”

Among the other candidates for the Juventus bench are Napoli's Walter Mazzarri and Porto manager Andre Villas Boas.

“I don't know Villas Boas very well,” continued Tardelli, who is assistant manager to Giovanni Trapattoni.

“Mazzarri did a great job at Napoli, but he too would need reinforcements before making this side successful.

“I don't know if Juventus have the €100m needed for a real transfer strategy. It's impossible to even suggest potential buys, because the club risks not even qualifying for the Europa League.”

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