Marcello Lippi is being linked with a return to Juventus. Juve GM Beppe Marotta insists coach Gigi del Neri is not under threat, despite dismal consecutive defeats to Lecce and Bologna.

"We had a very frank confrontation," reported Marotta. "Eventually, we told Del Neri to go on quietly with his work. We are all responsible, all guilty: managers, players and coach.

"It is not in the schedule, absolutely, a change on the bench."

However, La Republicca says should results continue as they are, Juve WILL take action.

And an early candidate to replace Del Neri is former Italy and Juve coach Lippi.

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