It wasn't his baseball cap that got him fired, although employees have been given the boot for much less. No, it was Siena's humiliating 4-1 loss to Fiorentina on Sunday that prompted the club to show Serse Cosmi the door. A hard and fast rule of Italian football: you can be sitting dead last in the table, but if you mess up a derby, you best have your bags packed and a map in your glove compartment.
Siena, showing a remarkable non-discriminatory policy to coaches that wear caps, have appointed Giuseppe Iachini to take over. Iachini, who actually played for Fiorentina in the early 90s, was last seen in charge of Sampdoria. He took charge of a team in dire need of a shake-up and brought them up to sixth in the league. Samp then beat Varese in the Serie B playoffs, earning promotion to Serie A.
But, as usually happens, Iachini was let go in favor of a flashier, more suitable first-division coach. Ironically enough, Sampdoria also sacked their coach this weekend, letting go of Ciro Ferrara, who took Iachini's place.