Atalanta coach Gigi del Neri admits he's shocked by the sacking of Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri.

"Coaches have a cruel destiny. When things go badly, they are the only ones who end up on trial in a kangaroo court," said Del Neri.

"Clubs fire them to shake up the team, or at least so they say. I am mortified that Claudio has gone this way and anyone who knows football will tell you he laid foundations that will leave their mark."