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Flanny's Fascinating Juncture

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Flanny is fast approaching a fascinating juncture, sitting in 8th place, twelve points behind the league leaders, Kenneth's Atletico Mineiro and with 22 games still remaining, we’re about to discover if the recently hired Juventus manager should be taken seriously or not. Let’s be clear here, the recent run of form is not what the fans expect but if Flanny was to secure a playoff spot at the end of the season it certainly would relieve some pressure and strengthen his case to remain the Juventus manager for the foreseeable future.

The Scottish manager doesn’t have to land a knockout blow in every game, all he has to do is land a couple of decent punches in the run up to the finish line. Just making a genuine fight of it will be good enough for the fans. Most of all he must show he can lead Juventus into the Premiership in the coming season or two without leaving their chin exposed. At the Start of the season Flanny looked like an assistant boss with a manager’s jacket, his appointment came as a shock to the fans but he soon turned them around when he guided Juventus to top spot in the league, that came to an end with the recent run of bad form which  has left Juventus in 8th place.

Flanny will want to find the form he had at the start of the season and he has some challenging tough games coming up against Hulk and table topping Kenneth. Flanny has had it hard with the Juventus board not funding his ambition to buy the players needed, Despite this Flanny has done well to keep his top players and strengthen the Juventus squad bit by bit. His most prolific signing has to be ex Feyenoord wonderkid Bilal Basacikoglu who has lightened up the Juventus attack. Simone Missiroli has also slotted into the team linking up with the Juventus captain Leon Goretzka, and Flanny has also signed 21 year old Maxime Dupe a backup keeper to keep Forster on his toes. Sometimes the man keeping them out is just as important as the guy putting them in, that’s the case for Juventus anyway. Forster has been on top form this season with some cracking saves, keeping Juventus in the top half of the table with match winning saves. That has brought major interest from some of the biggest clubs on PEN, but so far all offers have been knocked back as Flanny has no interest in selling his No. 1.

Juventus TV spoke with Flanny about this situation and he had the following to say.

“Fraser Forster’s name is always coming up, he is a wanted man but we are keeping him happy, he has just signed a bumper 6 year contract that will keep the vultures away, he is a legend in the making at Juventus.  I have had some interesting offers of 30m and 40m PENce for my players but the deals had fell through for one reason or another. The most notable was Kurt Zouma who had a 40m bid accepted, i was in negotiations with a manager that does not want to be named, for a few days and was close to a record transfer fee but to no avail, the bid was declined.”

“I have brought in some talented players with a limited budget and kept my young players, we now have a stronger squad and I can only dream about playing in the Premiership next season. We are on a bad run of form and these things happen when you have new players integrating into a team, I had a really good start to the season and just hope that we can find that form again. I have just signed Rafael Sobis on a short term contract strengthen the attack. The Sobis deal nearly put Juventus into administration and I am lucky that Ronin bought Luka Djordjevic in the nick of time. I had a good bid for Luka so we both sat down and although Luka wanted to stay he wanted to do what was best for the club, I told Luka that the door will always be open for him if he wants to come back.”

“We haven’t won a league game since the middle of January so we need to get going again and be the force we were at the start of the season”

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