Former club President believes rumours over Lippi played part in Ranieri’s demise at Juventus

Claudio Ranieri’s exit from Juventus back in 2009 was largely down to the casting shadow of Marcello Lippi, according to the club’s former president Giovanni Cobolli.
The ‘tinkerman’ was relieved of his duties despite leading the Bianconeri to a second placed finish behind Jose Mourinho’s Inter.
Before Ranieri’s appointment in 2008, Juve’s general manager Jean Claude had contacted Italian World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi who subsequently denied any such advances due to an ongoing trial involving his son.
He told Sky Sports Italia. “There was the thought of Lippi at the club with another option, at the end of his work with Italy, in a very important (director or management) role at Juventus.” He went onto say that he thought Ranieri had done a “good job” during his stint.
Vecchia Signora suffered a poor run of form during the 08/09 campaign where they failed to register a victory in two months and more or less signalled the beginning of the end for Ranieri. Blanc was later spotted having lunch with Lippi whilst Ranieri was still in charge which raised question marks over his future.
Cobolli is certain that Ranieri felt that he had no backing from the hierarchy of the club and felt the shadow of Lippi hovering over him. “Once we had slipped down the league, Ranieri perceived the club did not have 100 per cent confidence in him and he thought Lippi’s shadow was hanging over him. Was there the shadow of Lippi? Yes I think so.”
His comments have come after reports linking the former Azzurri coach with Ranieri’s current position at Roma. I Lupi have stuttered somewhat so far this season despite a fantastic victory over champions Inter over a week ago. Ranieri had been quoted of saying recently that he feels Lippi once again “lurking in the shadows”.

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