Ranieri sacked by demanding Juve

May 18, 2009

Just three years ago Juve were facing up to the fact they’d be playing in Serie B after being found guilty of match-fixing.

Now, they sit third in Serie A with two games to go but that is not good enough for the Old Lady of Turin. The risk they might miss out on an automatic Champions League spot was too great.

Claudio Ranieri has been sacked despite doing wonders last term when they comfortably finished third.

His team beat Real Madrid home and away this season in the Champions League and they reached the Italian Cup semi-finals.

Juve have been riddled with injuries, Alessandro Del Piero suddenly stopped scoring at the turn of the year yet the run of seven league games without a win is deemed as Ranieri’s fault.

Like when he was dumped by Chelsea, Ranieri has carried himself with great dignity through recent weeks when the media and most of his own fans were calling for his head.

But at Italy’s biggest supported club and the most successful domestically, there is no place to hide.

PHOTO: Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri looks on during thier Italian Serie A soccer match against Lecce at the Olympic stadium in Turin, May 3, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo


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Injuries have done for Ranieri, especially Sissoko’s who has been badly missed. The bad run at the end full of draws, has come right out of the blue after two 4-1 wins following Champion’s League elimination.

It is strange that in a season which has seen Juventus compete on equal or better terms with Inter, AC Milan, Roma, Fiorentina, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg, it it the failure to beat low-placed Italian teams that has sealed his fate. Attention therefore has to centre on the attitude of the players against these “lesser” teams as a reason for failure.

He is just an average manager. His past result with Chelsea and Valencia is not convincing too. He should not be hire at the first place and new team need to be build with young players, Juventus stars like Del Piero, Nedved, Trezeguet are well over 30s.