Tottenham manager Fabio Paratici has been accused of ‘putting everything at risk’ and ‘drugging the market’ at Juventus.
Italian giants Juventus are currently in the midst of a chaotic period of instability which has seen the entire board resign amid allegations of financial irregularities.
Chairman Andrea Agnelli has stepped down along with all other board members after CONSOB demanded clarification on the club’s balance sheet from June 2021.
Juventus are being investigated for false accounting and market communications, but deny any wrongdoing.
As the story now dominates Italian media, La Stampa has published leaked phone calls from a number of high profile figures targeting Paratici.
The 50-year-old was in Turin from 2000 to 2021 when he left to join Antonio Conte in the Premier League.
His replacement at Juve, Federico Cherubini, reportedly told business area chief executive Stefano Bertola: “In two years you threw everything away.
“700 million euros [£600m] set up by the shareholders. You have put everything at risk. Because one day you decided to fire two people that it was probably right to keep.
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Cherubini was referring to former head coaches Maurizio Sarri and Andrea Pirlo, who managed only short spells at the club as current incumbent Massimiliano Allegri struggles.
He continued: “We were arrogant in the market and with Cristiano Ronaldo our vicious cycle started, because we spent [Paul] Pogba’s money to pay two clauses.
“Paratici in March there was talk of winning 300 million euros [£257m] (benefits). I swear I went home and I felt like throwing up just thinking about it…”
Allegri then agreed with Cherubini saying, “You have to understand that last year’s market was all about capital gains, so it was a bullshit market.”
Cherubini agreed: “Bravo! How did we come here? Foolish purchases, out of reach investments, excessive use of artificial capital gains.
“In recent years, it’s also partly our fault, Fabio has drugged the market”.
Team boss and former Juve goalkeeper Marco Storari also has his say, criticizing the money given to ex-teammate Giorgio Chiellini.
“Now we have to fix the shit he left behind,” Storari reportedly said.
“If you look at the total amount we gave to Chiellini between salaries and bonuses, it’s appalling!
“There are no criteria in how we spent the money. It is not surprising that in two years we have asked shareholders for 700 million. And thank God [Ronaldo] did not leave Pizzini (ask to be paid to leave).
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