Struggling Empoli have dismissed coach Luigi Cagni and replaced him with Alberto Malesani after a difficult start in Serie A which saw the Tuscan side take just ten points from 13 games.
They are currently in the relegation zone and have shown no signs of repeating last season’s historic UEFA Cup finish. Cagni, 57, was also unable to inspire the Azzurri in Europe where they were knocked out by FC Zurich in the opening round.
A goalless stalemate with Torino brought the curtain down on Cagni’s reign and left the experienced tactician puzzled with the club’s decision.
"I don’t understand how you can say that the team wasn’t behind me when we played such a good second half against Torino," he lamented.
"So many things could be said at this point, but I’d prefer to just accept the decision and say that my errors were decisive."
The 51-year-old Malesani has been out of work since a spell at Udinese last term. He has also spent time on the bench of Fiorentina, Verona, Modena and Panathinaikos.
Cagni was the second Serie A coach to be replaced after Palermo sacked Stefano Colantuono earlier today to bring back Francesco Guidolin for a fourth spell at the Sicilian club.
Source: C4 Football Italia