Lippi backs Ferrara’s Under-21 job

Posted on 23/10/2010


Marcello Lippi has shown his support for former Italy assistant managers Ciro Ferrara and Angelo Peruzzi taking on the Under-21 bench.

The surprise decision was announced on Friday by the FIGC, who appointed the ex-Juventus boss to replace Pierluigi Casiraghi.

“In my view, this is the right choice,” said Lippi, who worked with both at Juventus and in the Italy squad.

“Ferrara and Peruzzi are two valuable elements both in technical and moral terms.

“They will certainly help their team and the Azzurri football movement.”

Casiraghi terminated his contract by mutual consent this week after the 3-2 aggregate defeat in extra time against Belarus.

That play-off loss ruled Italy out of both the 2011 European Under-21 Championships and the 2012 Olympics.

CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) President Gianni Petrucci also approved of the new appointment.

“It is the best possible choice both on a human and professional level. Ferrara and his assistant Peruzzi are a quality pairing.

“I am tied to the wonderful memories of when they were players and I the secretary general of the FIGC.

“You could say I oversaw the birth of their careers.”