Marcello Lippi is confident that Ciro Ferrara will be a success after he was named as Coach of newly promoted Sampdoria.
“The work he did with the Azzurrini underlines the qualities of Ciro,” Lippi, who was assisted by Ferrara when he bossed Italy to 2006 World Cup glory, told the Corriere Mercantile.
“He is good at basing his work on young players and his international experience is an absolute guarantee.
“He studies things to perfection as a Coach and he ignores nothing.
“I’ve been told that he will be followed by [former Juventus goalkeeper] Angelo Peruzzi and Massimo Neri. They will form an excellent staff.
“Ferrara could become as successful a Coach as he was a player.”
The former Azzurri defender worked under Lippi as a player during spells at both Napoli and Juventus.
Ferrara had a brief spell in charge of Juventus in Serie A, but was sacked in 2010 after a slump in results.
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