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The former Udinese boss will take charge until the end of the season…

Alberto Zaccheroni will replace Ciro Ferrara as the new coach of Juventus on Friday, according to Sky Sport Italia, Tuttosport and a host of other Italian news sources.

The Bianconeri took the decision to sack Ferrara after Thursday night’s 2-1 Coppa Italia exit at the hands of Inter, and following all the speculation involving the likes of Claudio Gentile, Guus Hiddink, Giovanni Trapattoni and Rafa Benitez, it is former Udinese boss Zaccheroni who will be his successor.

The 56-year-old will take charge until the end of the season when a big name is likely to come in permanently.

Benitez is currently the hot favourite for the summer appointment, and there were reports earlier that the Spaniard's lawyers held talks with Juventus representatives in Milan on Thursday.

Zaccheroni has been out of work since he was sacked by Juventus’ city rivals Torino in February 2007. His former clubs also include Lazio, Inter and AC Milan, and he won the Scudetto at the latter in 1999.

The tactician’s main objective this term will be to ensure Juve finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League. An official announcement will arrive on Friday.

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