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Juventus Fires Ranieri After String of Bad Results

  • Reuters , Monday, May 18, 2009 3:15 PM
Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as Juventus coach after a poor run of results and youth team boss Ciro Ferrara has taken over, the club said on Monday.

Clinging to third place in Serie A, Juventus is one point above fourth-place Fiorentina with two matches left. The team faces the danger of losing an automatic Champions League berth after a run of seven Serie A games without a win. Fourth place guarantees only a spot in the Champions League qualifying rounds.

Juventus hasn't announced the permanence of Ferrara's move. A former Juventus defender, Ferrara is also assistant coach with the Italian National team, but has never coached a club before. The former Italy international, who also played for Napoli, won seven Italian championships as a player and one Champions League with Juve, in 1996.

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