Monday, 26 February 2007

Cagliari axe Colomba

Cagliari have become the second Serie A club to replace their coach today, with Marco Giampaolo being reappointed at the expense of Franco Colomba.

President Massimo Cellino decided to replace the tactician after the 2-0 home defeat to Lazio on Sunday that left the side 14th in the standings, only three points from the relegation zone.

"Cagliari announce that Franco Colomba has been removed from the role of first team Coach," read an official statement on the club’s website. "The technical guidance of the squad is now handed over to Marco Giampaolo. We wish to thank Colomba for the work done so far," it concluded.

Giampaolo, 39, has taken over from Colomba having been succeeded by the 52-year-old at the end of last year following a deafeat to Udinese.

Giampaolo was initially appointed in the summer following a strong maiden Serie A campaign with Ascoli.

The Sardinian team dispensed with Colomba not long after Torino announced that Gianni De Biasi had come in for Alberto Zaccheroni. Ironically the two sides face each other in Turin on Wednesday afternoon.

This latest managerial change means that nine coaches have now been replaced in Serie A this term. There maybe a few more to come before the season comes to an end...

[Serie A 2006-07 Managerial Changes]

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