Ferrara exit looms as door opens for Alberto Zaccheroni

Juventus Coach Ciro Ferrara is finally heading for exit which will create a room for Alberto Zaccheroni who is thought to be favourite to succeed Ferrara as new Juventus coach.

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Reports from Italy suggest that Alberto Zaccheroni may take over his managerial duties as early as this Friday. The 56-year old Italian tactician has loads of management experience on his side having already managed famous clubs such as AC Milan, Internazionale and Lazio.

Juventus board took the decision to sack Ferrara after Thursday night’s 2-1 humiliating defeat at the hands of Inter in Coppa Italia. Claudio Gentile, Guus Hiddink, Giovanni Trapattoni and Rafa Benitez were tipped as possible successors but it seems the the Old Lady have already made up their mind.

Zaccheroni’s playing career was cut short by injury, and he became a manager at the relatively young age of 30. His managerial career took off during the 1997-98 season with Udinese, guiding them to third place in the league. Zaccheroni has been out of work since he was sacked by Juventus’ city rivals Torino in February 2007. Zaccheroni will temporarily take charge of the Old Lady until the end of the season after which a big name is likely to come in permanently.

Rafael Benitez the current Liverpool Manager is believed to be the long term target for Juventus board and a summer appointment is definitely on cards specially after reports emerged that Spaniard’s lawyers held talks with Juventus representatives in Milan on Thursday.

It will be interesting to see if Zaccheroni withstands the pressure from board, fans, media and come up to everybody’s expectation by delivering some good results. A place in top four in the Table and qualification for Champions League will certainly be demanded from him. He is surely more than capable to do so. Is Alberto Zaccheroni the answer to Juventus’s problems?


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