Giovanni Stroppa resigns from Pescara

Mario Carlini / Iguana Press

Pescara are hovering just above the drop zone, and Sunday's 1-0 loss to Siena pushed their manager over the edge. He handed in his resignation, stating he was no longer "in the right spirit" to continue leading the club.

It wasn't the 6-1 drubbing by Juventus that proved to be Giovanni Stroppa's downfall, but rather a 1-0 loss to Siena. The Pescara manager has tendered his resignation and the club has accepted, although they're refusing to name possible replacements.

Stroppa has managed to keep the Dolphins out of the relegation zone, but only just. If the Derby della Lanterna fails to end in a draw, either Sampdoria or Genoa will leapfrog Pescara, pushing them back towards the drop.

Perhaps Stroppa was put into an impossible situation, seeing as his side, who finished first in Serie B last season, lost its three best players. With Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti all off to more exotic destinations, Pescara needed to be rebuilt.

Yet the club made some smart moves in the summer, bringing in Vladimir Weiss, Juan Quintero and Ante Vukušić. These are players that should have been able to make a difference at Pescara, but Stroppa seemed lost on how best to use them. Should his replacement have some ideas, the Dolphins may very well find themselves able to avoid relegation.

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