Genoa sack Luigi De Canio, replace him with Luigi Delneri

Tullio M. Puglia

Genoa threw away a 2-0 lead against Roma on Sunday. Apparently, that was all the excuse Enrico Preziosi needed to fire the club's manager.

Genoa are currently 10th in Serie A, roughly where everyone expects them to sit at any given time, during any given season. Their 4-2 loss to Roma on Sunday was their first loss in four matches. Yet, the Genoa board have deemed the team's performance to be unacceptable, and have sacked manager Luigi De Canio.

When De Canio was hired last April, it looked like a last-ditch move to save the team from relegation, not a potential long-term hire. De Canio got the job done and was allowed to continue into this season as a result, but his quick firing after a shaky, but not awful run of form suggests that Enrico Preziosi was always looking for an excuse to pull the plug on De Canio.

He'll be replaced by Luigi Delneri, best known for his recent unsuccessful spell at the helm of Juventus. Delneri took a year off from management (or was forced into a year off) last season, following his sacking by the Old Lady. Delneri's teams have a history of playing at, but rarely above or below their talent level ... which Genoa were already doing.

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