Juventus have dismissed coach Ciro Ferrara and replaced him with Alberto Zaccheroni on a contract until June following Thursday's 2-1 defeat by FC Internazionale Milano in the Coppa Italia.
Run of form
The quarter-final loss at San Siro was the Bianconeri's ninth defeat in 12 games in all competitions, a run which has left the Turin club sixth in Serie A, 16 points behind leaders Inter. Ferrara, 42, was named interim head coach in May after Claudio Ranieri was sacked with two games of the 2008/09 campaign remaining. Victories in both earned Ferrara the post full time and the Bianconeri a place in the UEFA Champions League, but with Juventus eliminated after the group stage and now out of the Coppa Italia, the club have turned to Zaccheroni.
Zaccheroni, 56, has been without a job since leaving Juventus's city rivals Torino FC in 2007. After making his name with Udinese Calcio between 1995 and 1998, Zaccheroni led AC Milan to the Scudetto in 1999 before coaching S.S. Lazio and Inter. Juventus face AFC Ajax in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 on 18 and 25 February.
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