Claudio Ranieri appointed new coach of Juventus

Claudio Ranieri has been appointed Juventus' new coach, the Turin club announced Monday.

updated: June 07, 2007 09:36 IST
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Claudio Ranieri has been appointed Juventus' new coach, the Turin club announced Monday.

The former Chelsea manager signed a three-year contract and will replace Didier Deschamps, who left Juventus last month.

Juventus said Ranieri, 55, was "a reliable choice" and "a man of experience and international vision."

Ranieri quit Parma on Thursday after helping the club avoid relegation from Serie A. His introduction at Juventus is scheduled for 1600 GMT - after the Milan stock exchange closes.

Juventus was relegated to Serie B at the end of 2005-06 as punishment for their part in the Italian match-fixing scandal but has clinched promotion back to Serie A for next season.

"It seems like the right choice to me," Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said from Italy's training camp.

"I don't know Ranieri personally but he seems like someone with a good image. He has experience with international clubs, he knows how to control the press and he's shown his capacity in difficult situations."

Italian and British media reported last week that Ranieri had reached a three-year deal with English Premier League team Manchester City to replace Stuart Pearce, who was fired as manager on May 14.

A former defender for AS Roma, Catanzaro, Catania and Palermo, Ranieri began his professional coaching career with Cagliari, bringing the Sardinian club up from the third division to Serie A in 1990.

He coached Napoli from 1991 to 1993, guiding the club to a fourth-place finish in his first season.

After a year off, Ranieri returned with Fiorentina in the second division, brought the Tuscan club back up to Serie A and won an Italian Cup and an Italian Supercup in 1996.

Ranieri then went to Spain and won the Copa del Rey with Valencia in 1997. After a short spell with Atletico Madrid, he joined Chelsea and remained there from 2000 to 2004, leading the English club to the Champions League semifinals in his final season.

The Rome-born Ranieri returned to Valencia for the 2004-05 season and won the European Super Cup. He was fired in Feb. 2005 after a six-game winless streak in the Spanish league was followed by a UEFA Cup defeat to Steaua Bucharest.

After nearly two years of inactivity - and part-time work as a TV analyst - Ranieri was hired in February by Parma, which avoided relegation on the final day of the season.