Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Livorno sack Orsi

Fernando Orsi became the first managerial casualty of the Serie A season today when he was sacked by bottom club Livorno.

"Orsi did not deserve the sack but the fans are disappointed and the difficult start to the season comes down to the coach, and the players," President Aldo Spinelli told the media.

The Amaranto are still awaiting their first win after seven games and are propping up the Serie A standings with just two points from draws against Genoa and Inter. The Tuscan club have also had problems scoring since selling Italy striker Cristiano Lucarelli to Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer.

The decision of Orsi's departure came just days after Spinelli denied he was considering wielding the axe and stressed his support for the struggling tactician. But last Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Catania proved to be the final straw.

Orsi, who was previously Roberto Mancini's assistant at Inter, took over from Daniele Arrigoni in March but has since recorded just three wins, four draws and nine defeats in his first job as a top-flight coach.

Former Torino coach Giancarlo Camolese is the favourite to replace Orsi but other names including Luigi De Canio, Gianni De Biasi and Francesco Guidolin have been linked with the role. "There are three or four coaches in the hat. We will decide tomorrow or the day after," Spinelli added.

Assistant coach Luciano Spinosi is temporarily at the helm.

Source: C4 Football Italia / Various

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