Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Del Neri accepts Juve challenge

Former Sampdoria coach Luigi Del Neri has been installed as Juventus coach in place of Alberto Zaccheroni, signing a two-year contract.

Del Neri handed in his resignation to the Blucerchiati on Monday, less than 24 hours after steering the Genoa club to a fourth-place finish in Serie A and a berth in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

A statement from the club read: "Luigi Del Neri is the new coach of Juventus. The coach has signed today a contract with Juve for two seasons, until June 30, 2012.

The 59-year-old, who is Juve's fourth coach in three years, will be unveiled at a press conference in Vinovo on Thursday.

Juventus finished a disappointing season in seventh, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League only by virtue of Inter and Roma reaching the Coppa Italia final.

Under Ciro Ferrara and then Zaccheroni − whose six-month contract was not renewed − the Bianconeri matched their record of most defeats in a single campaign: 15, set in 1962.

Meanwhile, the club confirmed the appointment of Beppe Marotta, who also leaves Sampdoria, as sporting director until June 2013. Earlier in the day, Andrea Agnelli was officially confirmed as the club's new President.

Source: UEFA

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