Juventus sack Claudio Ranieri

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Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as Juventus coach after just under two years in charge at Stadio Olimpico.

Ranieri - the first Juventus tactician to be axed since Luis Carniglia back in 1969 - took control in June 2007 but failed to break Inter Milan's domination on Serie A.

After Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Atalanta, which left Juve three points behind second-placed AC Milan with two games left, the Bianconeri directors held a crisis meeting with president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli and they have decided to end the Ranieri era early.

"After the recent results, we find ourselves just one point ahead of Fiorentina and that is why we have decided, evaluating the whole season, to relieve Claudio Ranieri of his duties," general manager Jean-Claude Blanc explained at a press conference in Turin.

"It was a decision shared overwhelmingly by the whole club.

"We now want to end the season well and finish at least third because we have got to get into the Champions League without having to play in the preliminary rounds."

Former Juventus defender Ciro Ferrara has been placed in charge for the final two games of the season.

This is his first role as a club coach having previously worked as Marcello Lippi’s right-hand man with Italy.

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