Monday, 31 March 2008

Desperate Empoli turn back to Cagni

Empoli have sacked coach Alberto Malesani and have reappointed Luigi Cagni after Sunday's 2-0 home defeat by Samdporia left the club bottom of Serie A with one point from the last seven games.

The 57-year-old Cagni returns to the helm three months after he was replaced by Malesani.

The Tuscans had been struggling to reproduce their form of the 2006/07 season when, under Cagni's leadership, they finished seventh to qualify for Europe.

However, their first ever UEFA Cup campaign was curtailed by FC Zurich in the first round and Cagni soon made way for Malesani.

With today's decision, Cagni was delighted to accept a job that he first took in January 2006.

"I don't care about the past. I want to focus on the present and the future of this team. Even though it is a big challenge, I will try to save Empoli from relegation. We have a chance and hard work does not scare me."

Empoli, three points from safety, go to Torino on Sunday.

Source: UEFA

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