Bottom club Livorno have sacked coach Serse Cosmi and reinstated his predecessor Gennaro Ruotolo in a desperate attempt to avoid relegation from Serie A.
Cosmi took over from Ruotolo, who worked in tandem with Vittorio Russo because he did not have the necessary coaching badges for the top flight in October, and initially steered the strugglers out of the bottom three.
But they have not won a game since January, when Cosmi briefly quit after a row with President Aldo Spinelli only to retract his resignation days later, and now look doomed.
The 1-1 draw with Genoa on Sunday made it 13 Serie A games without a win, and they are eight points behind fourth-bottom Lazio and the safety zone with only six games left.
"Livorno officially announce that they have given the first team coach position to Gennaro Ruotolo," read an official statement from the Tuscan side.
"At the same time the club announce that they have relieved Serse Cosmi of the job of coach."
Media reported that Ruotolo, who had guided Livorno through the Serie B promotion play-offs after taking over near the end of last season, would not need to be shadowed by Russo this time because of a dispensation from the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
"I'm glad to back on a bench in Serie A," said Ruotolo. "I understand the situation and it is not easy, but for a football man, the important thing is to stay in the environment, to train and work.
"It will be a difficult challenge, but we will give it our all."
Source: Sky Sports