Juventus part company with coach Luigi Del Neri

Luigi Del Neri
Del Neri was unable to revive Juve's fortunes

Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri has been sacked and will leave after Sunday's final game of the season.

"The club told me of their decision during the week," Del Neri told a news conference ahead of facing Napoli.

Juventus have suffered a second straight poor season and are currently seventh in Serie A with only an outside chance of a Europa League League spot.

Former Juve midfielder Antonio Conte, 41, who has led Siena to promotion to Serie A, is favourite to take over.

He was part of one of the best midfields in Europe in the 1990s and early 2000s as Juve routinely dominated Serie A and consistently reached the latter stages of the Champions League.

Conte also took Bari into Serie A two years ago but left after a disagreement before a short, unhappy spell at Atalanta, who have been linked with a move for former boss Del Neri.

Del Neri, 60, joined Juventus in May 2010 after guiding Sampdoria to a Champions League qualifying berth.

As well as Atalanta, he has also managed Roma and Porto.

He told a pre-match new conference on Saturday: "I hope it [sacking me] is the right choice. Good luck to whoever replaces me."

Juventus are sending a team to play against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Gary Neville's testimonial on Tuesday 24 May.

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