Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Serie B: Grosseto sack Roselli

Grosseto’s Giorgio Roselli is the first Serie B coach to be axed this season and has been replaced by former Parma boss Stefano Pioli.

Roselli replaced Antonello Cuccureddu, who quit the club just days after securing promotion to the Cadetti. But his reign was to last just three games – all defeats - and the news of his dismissal was broadcast live on local television channel Teletirreno late on Monday night by President Piero Camilli.

The new man Pioli was chosen after veteran ex-Atalanta coach Nedo Sonetti and former Empoli hero Mario Somma reportedly refused the post.

Pioli’s first test will be to try and claim the newly-promoted side's first points of the season as they entertain Cesena on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Lega Calcio President Antonio Mattarese has admitted that he is troubled by the lack of bids for Serie B’s television rights this season.

"There has been an offensive apathy shown towards the Cadetti," he muttered. "We’re not talking about a million here or there, it’s rather than there aren’t any offers at all."

Following the promotion of Juventus, Napoli and Genoa last season - three of the biggest clubs in Italy, Sky Italia who held the rights for 2006-07, along with Mediaset and Rai have shown little interest this season to show live Second Division games.

A Lega Calcio meeting is scheduled for Thursday where clubs could decide to strike if a deal is not announced. As things stand, the situation means that all Serie B games will continue to be played on Saturday afternoons.

[Serie B clubs threaten strike]

Source: C4 Football Italia

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