Monday, 6 October 2008

Liverpool Boss Benitez Top Of Juventus List To Replace Ranieri?

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is on the top of the list to replace Claudio Ranieri at Serie A giants Juventus, according to Tuttosport.

Ranieri's future at La Vecchia Signora is clouded with uncertainty, despite the former Chelsea manager gaining promotion for the Turin club from Serie B the season before last and taking them to 3rd place in the Scudetto last season and qualifying for the Champions League.

However, the Bianconeri are struggling in 11th place in Serie A and had to come back to earn a draw with BATE Borisov in Europe last week after going 2-0 down. This has led to the board at Juve bringing Ranieri’s future into question and drawing up a list of people to replace the Italian.

Anfield chief Benitez is understood to top the list, with Zenit St Petersbug’s Dick Advocaat also on the list along with AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti.

Benitez joined the Reds from La Liga side Valencia amidst reports of differences in transfer policy with the board at the Mestalla. Something Benitez has clashed with the American co-owners of Liverpool on more than one occasion, but a move to Italy would seem unlikely at the moment, with Liverpool making their best ever start to a Premier League season.

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