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Juventus axe Ranieri


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Juventus have announced that Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager following an emergency meeting of the club's board on Monday.

The Turin-based club sit third in Serie A but, with two matches of the season remaining, fourth-placed Fiorentina are chasing down a one-point deficit.

If Juventus - who have not won a league game in seven attempts - surrender their position they will lose an automatic spot in next term's UEFA Champions League.

The club's hierarchy has therefore decided to act and junior team coach Ciro Ferrara has taken over the reins.

"Juventus have fired coach Claudio Ranieri. As of today the first-team coach is Ciro Ferrara," said a club statement.

"Juventus thank Claudio Ranieri for the work he did in these last two years. We wish the new coach Ciro Ferrara immediate success."

Speculation has suggested that Genoa manager Giampiero Gasperini could be the man to succeed former Chelsea boss Ranieri at the Stadio Olimpico in the long term.

Ranieri, 57, took over at Juventus in June 2007 when he signed a three-year contract with the Italian giants.

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