Serse Cosmi has been appointed as the new coach of Seria A strugglers Livorno.
The flamboyant former Perugia boss replaces Gennaro Ruotolo, who was dismissed by President Aldo Spinelli after no wins in eight matches this season.
Cosmi had been in charge of Serie B side Brescia since 2007 but returns to the top flight on a deal lasting until the end of the season, with a view to an extension.
The 51-year-old beat former Parma coach Luigi Cagni to the Stadio Armando Picchi post and will take control for Livorno's weekend trip to the capital to face Roma.
The newly-promoted Tuscan outfit face a difficult task to beat the drop this term with just three points on the board after eight games of the Serie A season, and Cosmi is aware of the job he is about to embark upon.
"I am happy, but understand the difficulties of the job," said Cosmi. "All we can do now is get to work and do our talking on the pitch.
"I can't wait to start work with a club with great supporters and where we can do well. All I wanted to do is get back to work on the training field and to be able to do so in Serie A is fantastic."
Source: Sky Sports