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May 16, 2011

Del Neri won't quit despite struggles

Luigi Del Neri is adamant he will not quit Juventus despite the club looking very unlikely to secure European football for next season.

A 1-0 defeat to Parma on Sunday means the most successful club in the history of Serie A must beat Napoli and hope Roma lose to relegated Sampdoria at the weekend if they are to take a place in the Europa League next season.

Del Neri has been under intense pressure in recent weeks and it is rumoured he is under threat after a disappointing first season in charge in Turin. His contract runs until June 2012 but the former Sampdoria coach says he will not voluntarily leave his post.

"Barring a miracle, we are out of Europe," Del Neri said. "But I don't want to talk about stepping down, absolutely not. I am under contract and I remain in the project. I do my job in the best possible way but it will be the club that has the final say.

"Our fortunes have not been decided in the penultimate match. We didn't play well against Parma but it has been an unusual campaign. We have made a lot of mistakes throughout the campaign.

"We are all disappointed as we would have liked to have ended the season differently. But now we have to try to beat Napoli and we will see what happens."

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