Luigi won't walk out on Old Lady

Luigi won't walk out on Old Lady

Published May. 16, 2011 11:29 a.m. ET

Luigi Del Neri has dismissed any suggestions he will step down despite Juventus looking like missing out on European football next season.

Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Parma left the Turin giants seventh in Serie A, three points behind Roma, who hold the last Europa League qualifying spot with one game remaining.

"Barring a miracle, we are out of Europe," said a disappointed Del Neri. "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."

Del Neri, who is in his first season at Juve, is under contract with the club until June 2012.

The former Chievo tactician has endured a difficult campaign, with injuries and a lack of continuity hindering Juve.

"Our fortunes have not been decided in the penultimate match," said Del Neri. "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."

Juve need to beat third-place Napoli and hope Roma lose at home to already-relegated Sampdoria this weekend if they are to play in Europe next season.