Reggina had announced Massimo Ficcadenti as their new coach this week, but Verona maintain his contract continues until 2008.
Amaranto President Lillo Foti named Ficcadenti after Hellas Verona’s relegation to Serie C1, where they lost the play-out 2-1 on aggregate to Spezia.
"Verona had placed their veto on the deal, but at this stage that is null and void," explained Foti on June 23. "With their relegated into Serie C, the contract between Ficcadenti and Verona has lost its validity.
"The agreement was written with precise terms to take charge of the squad in Serie A or B. Now there are no more obstacles. We will officially present out new coach on July 1."
Yet late this evening Verona released a statement announcing "the coach for the first team in 2007-08, based on the contract that is still valid until June 30, 2008, will be Massimo Ficcadenti."
This could spark a legal battle if Ficcadenti is eager to buy himself out of this contract and make his debut in Serie A football.
It is certainly a bind for Reggina, who are the only top flight club still without a coach, having seen Walter Mazzarri join Sampdoria.
Source: C4 Football Italia