Serie A strugglers Cagliari have sacked coach Marco Giampaolo following last night's humiliating 3-1 defeat to 10-man Udinese.
The tactician had been hanging by a thread after a series of 10 draws in their opening 16 games, five of which were goalless, but only two victories.
There had already been reports yesterday that Giampaolo risked the sack, but the events in the defeat in Udine made it an almost inevitable decision. He made a tactical switch after just 36 minutes of play and then replaced the same substitute in the second half. Despite playing against 10 men since the half-time break, the Sardinians never really threatened a goal.
Cagliari president Massimo Cellino insists he had no choice but to sack Giampaolo after the defeat at Udinese. "It's a decision I have been obliged to take," Cellino said. "The team gave signals of suffering. It's more a political than technical decision. I consider Giampaolo's sacking my personal loss and I suffer it in a really heavy way."
Among the Coaches mentioned as possible successors are ex-Siena boss Luigi De Canio and former Reggina man Franco Colomba.
Giampaolo is the fourth boss to lose his job in Serie A this season following the departures of Gianni De Biasi at Torino, Attilio Tesser at Ascoli and Bepi Pillon at Chievo.
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