Juventus have sacked their manager Claudio Ranieri.
The decision by the Italian club to dispense with the services of the former Chelsea boss comes after a run of 7 games without a win. It also follows a series of rows that Ranieri has had with senior players such as Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon.
Juventus are currently placed fourth in Serie A, just a point ahead of Fiorentina in the race for a Champions League spot.
Ranieri joined the Italian giants in 2007 and took them to 3rd place in his first season. But this campaign has been inconsistent at best, the final straw being the 2 – 2 home draw with Atalanta this past weekend.
General manager Jean Claude Blanc said:
We have taken this decision as a last resort when the team is not playing well.
We are convinced that this will deliver a clear message to the players: these final two games are fundamental and need to be played to the very best of their ability.
Everybody has got to take responsibility.