Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Blanc to take over Juve presidency

Juventus have confirmed that chief executive Jean-Claude Blanc will succeed Giovanni Cobolli Gigli as their new President.

John Elkann, Jean-Claude Blanc & Giovanni Cobolli GigliCobolli Gigli took over in a major shake-up after the Calciopoli scandal in 2006 in which Juve were stripped of the 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles and demoted to Serie B.

Unlike most Italian club presidents, Cobolli Gigli did not own Juve and was appointed to represent the club at meetings, however, his contract has not been renewed.

The Turin giants, now back in the upper echelons of Serie A and the UEFA Champions League, are controlled by the investment firm of Italy's powerful Agnelli family.

While Cobolli Gigli's position has been the subject of intense speculation recently, it has now been confirmed that the club will have a new president from next week.

"Blanc will be the new Executive President," confirmed Agnelli heir John Elkann. "I want to thank Cobolli Gigli for these three very difficult years, in which he has given so much.

"On 12th October Blanc will be nominated the Executive President and assumes both roles."

Source: Sky Sports

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