ExtraFootie understands that Juventus are ready to show beleaguered coach Ciro Ferrara the door after the Bianconeri were soundly beaten 3-1 by Bari on Saturday night.
Newly-promoted Bari produced an inspired display against a poor Juventus at the San Nicola Stadium to heap even more pressure on under-fire coach Ciro Ferrara.
In a week which saw the Old Lady mercilessly dumped out of the UEFA Champions League at the very first hurdle courtesy of a 4-1 humiliation by Bayern Munich
in Turin on Tuesday night, it was mooted that should Ferrara fail to guide his men to victory over the Galletti
, then the noose around his neck will tighten even further.
And sure enough goals by striker Riccardo Meggiorini, a penalty by on-loan Brazilian forward Vitor Barreto and a strike by former Juve midifielder Sergio Almiron condemned the Bianconeri
to their fourth defeat of the season.
Having lost two of their last three matches domestically, Juventus are quickly finding themselves unable to keep tabs with leading duo Inter Milan and AC Milan who both play on Sunday night, with the table-toppers able to extend their lead to eight points over the Turin-based club.
However, despite being given the dreaded vote of confidence by Juve President Jean-Claude Blanc, ExtraFootie
understands that Blanc is now ready to wield the axe on Ferrara, who took the reigns at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino in June 2009.“Ferrara will certainly stay put until the end of the season,”
Blanc told Mediaset
on Saturday night.“We have picked him for our future and we will keep working with him to build our team. It’s not part of our history to change coaches.
“I know that we fired [Claudio] Ranieri with two games left last season. But I made that decision in that case and I reckon it was key to regaining the second place.
“This team only need to find consistency and we will continue working with professionalism to prove on the field that we can do much better than what we have done so far.”