Sampdoria Fire Gianluca Atzori, Appoint Beppe Iachini

The biggest story in Serie B this weekend was the firing of Sampdoria coach Gianluca Atzori, appointed last June with the expectation that he'd have the relegated Doria back in Serie A next season. Instead, a 1-0 home loss to Vicenza had Sampdoria dropping down to 7th, a fall that required immediate action. Sensing a void left by Palermo's firing of Serse Cosmi, Samp appointed Beppe Iachini as the designated baseball-cap-wearing Italian coach.

Iachini's last spell in charge was with Brescia, where Beppe actually had two chances to lift the fortunes of the Rondinelle. He took Brescia up into Serie A for the 2011-2012 season following a playoff win over Torino, but the team never managed to gain much traction up with the big boys. Iachini was fired in December 2010 but re-appointed two months later, although he was unable to lift Brescia out of the relegation zone.

Considering Brescia's inability to do anything save for park a giant bus in front of their goal last season, it's hard to fathom that Sampdoria will become a more enthralling team to watch. But something tells me that watchability is not the first priority for Riccardo Garrone.

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