OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW AS DEL PIERO SWITCHES STAFF
The transition from player to manager is an aesthetically easy one. Swapping the pitch for an office, the kit for a tailored suit - its all been a very pleasurable beginning to life as the boss for Alessandro Del Piero at Juventus FC.
Though it was after the photographers had seen themselves out of the new managers' HQ that the real work began. In any walk of life, a new boss brings changes - and it's no different in football. The recently fired Antonio Conte worked successfully alongside members of staff handpicked by himself, and so Del Piero was to bring about changes of his own.
It is unlikely that the former Italy striker will have had to do any hiring and firing during his illustrious playing career, but just a couple of days into the job and he is already faced with making some tough calls. But he did so, and quickly.
The club released a statement on the club website noting those who had fallen on their swords with regard to working at Juventus.
"Juventus can confirm that today the following members of staff have parted with the club by mutual consent: Stefano Braghin (Head of Youth Development); Costantino Coratti (Fitness Coach); Mauro Sandreani (Coach) and Andrea Zanchetti (U19s Manager)."
Though while Del Piero had been firing the staff he felt were surplus to requirements, he had been hiring too.
"Juventus can confirm that new manager Alessandro Del Piero has brought in the following to assist him in running first team matters: Rodolfo Borrell (Head of Youth Development); Ulf Kirsten (Attack Coach); Michelangelo Rampulla (Goalkeeping Coach) and Rene Meulensteen (First Team Coach)."
Meulensteen assisted Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United for 6 years.
The appointment of world renowned coach Rene Meulensteen as 'First Team Coach' or to you and I - third in command - is certainly a statement of intent from Del Piero, who clearly felt that coaches on the training ground needed improvement.
Promotion: Grosso is the new Juventus U19s Manager
Having fired U19s Manager Andrea Zanchetti, 38 year old Del Piero promoted Zanchetti's right-hand-man and former team-mate of the new boss, Fabio Grosso, to the managers job.
The following is the coaching staff list for Juventus' 2013/14 season:
Manager: Alessandro Del Piero (ITA) (38)
Assistant: Angelo Alessio (ITA) (48)
First Team Coach: Rene Meulensteen (NED) (49)
Attack Coach: Ulf Kirsten (GER) (47)
Defence Coach: Massimo Carrera (ITA) (49)
Goalkeeping Coach: Claudio Filippi (ITA) (48)
Goalkeeping Coach: Michelangelo Rampulla (50)
Fitness Coach: Paolo Bertelli (ITA) (52)
Fitness Coach: Roberto Sassi (ITA) (62)
Just a few days into the job, and it feels like Alessandro Del Piero has been manager of Juventus for 30 years. We here at The Guardian wish him every success.