Ranieri sacked as Juventus coach
Monday 18 May 2009
Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as Juventus coach and Ciro Ferrara has taken over, the club said today.
The Turin side are a point above fourth-placed Fiorentina with two matches left and are in danger of slipping out of an automatic Champions League berth after a run of seven Serie A games without a win.
"Juventus announce that Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager. From today the first team has been entrusted to Ciro Ferrara," a statement said, without confirming whether Ferrara was a short-term appointment.
Ferrara is also Italy assistant manager.
Ranieri succeeded Didier Deschamps in June 2007 after Juve were promoted back to Serie A following their demotion for match-fixing.
They finished third last season and made a decent start to this term, beating Real Madrid home and away in the Champions League, but the recent bad run has prompted the board to act.
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