Juve reject fresh coach talk

06 May 2009 07:39
Juventus have been forced to deny a fresh wave of reports suggesting they will replace coach Claudio Ranieri at the end of the season. Fiorentina's Cesare Prandelli has emerged as the latest candidate to replace the under-fire coach at the Juve helm according to several stories in the Italian media. Last week it was reported that Roma's Luciano Spalletti was likely to replace Ranieri in the summer. However, Juve have reiterated their stance that they expect Ranieri to stay despite Sunday's 2-2 draw with struggling Lecce extending their winless run to five games. Regarding a meeting which took place between Ranieri and club officials on Tuesday, Juve released a statement saying: "It has been a normal meeting. "There has been no talk whatsoever of a dismissal at the end of the season."

Source: ESA