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Zaccheroni To Be New Juventus Manager – Italian Press

Flickr/Photo by Sergio138

Flickr/Photo by Sergio138

According to numerous Italian sites and, former AC Milan manager Alberto Zaccheroni will be named Juventus manager on Friday, replacing embattled Ciro Ferrara.

The tipping point seemingly was Juve’s 2-1 Coppa Italia loss to Inter Thursday, seemingly eliminating the proud club from any chance at any titles this year.  For a club that has a host of Italian national team players, including possibly the best keeper in the world, this was an unacceptable situation.  For a full breakdown of Ferrara’s situation, check out Rami’s excellent posts.

The 56 year-old Zaccheroni reportedly will take over Juventus through the end of the season.  He began his managerial career by guiding Udinese to a UEFA Cup spot in 1998, and won a scudetto with AC Milan in 1999.  He bounced around Italian soccer with stops in Inter and Lazio, but was repeatedly fired for major losses and clashes with owners.  His last stop was with Torino in Serie B, where he was fired in 2007.

Baring a miraculous run at the scudetto, this position could be a chance for Zaccheroni to showcase his managerial skills for his next club.  The Juventus board would then interview all the major names that are unemployed (or, in the case of Rafa Bentitez, tentatively employed) to be the permanent manager.  So stay tuned – the Juventus soap opera will likely continue.

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  1. Niccolo

    January 29, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I think that Ferrara was too nice and undecisive, managers like Mourinho, Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, are all confident decisive managers. Ferrara wasn’t able to instill his mentality into the juve team, which for me turned out to be his downfall.

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