Antonio Conte is now the favourite to replace Gigi Del Neri should Juventus decide to make a coaching change at the end of the season.
Juventus had pinned their hopes on luring one of either Fabio Capello or Luciano Spalletti, but both are committed to their current jobs.
Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri's name has been mentioned in recent days, but there are doubts about his character and availability.
All of which makes Conte the frontrunner. Juventus' former captain loves attacking football, knows what's expected at the club and was close to the job in 2009.
Conte is currently in charge of Siena who are second in Serie B and look likely to win automatic promotion to the top flight this season.
An outside bet for the position would be Gian Piero Gasperini, the former Genoa tactician, who has experience of working at Juventus' academy.