GENOA ITALY - FEBRUARY 16: Genoa CFC funs celebrate victory at the end of the Serie A rearranged match between UC Sampdoria and Genoa CFC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on February 16 2011 in Genoa Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Pietro Lo Monaco left Genoa at the weekend after a falling out with the club president. Now, Enrico Preziosi wants to sell the club as quickly as possible.
This story is nothing if not predictable. Enrico Preziosi, president of Genoa, brought in Pietro Lo Monaco as CEO this summer. His thoughts? Lo Monaco would handle the day-to-day running of the club, while Preziosi would go relax on a beach somewhere and contemplate acts of corruption.
Yet it appears Preziosi didn't actually know anything about Lo Monaco when he tempted him away from Catania. Like, for instance, the fact that he's a big ball of crazy covered with a sweet layer of insane. Turns out Lo Monaco wanted to do things his way, and this meant dipping his hand into buying and selling players. Preziosi was none too pleased with that, and sent him packing.
Now, Genoa's president is eager to sell the club, and sell it as quickly as possible. But for some reason, not many willing takers are stepping up. It's not exactly clear why. The club finished 17th last season, waging a battle against relegation that saw the supporters put a stop to the match against Siena, demanding the players remove their shirts. Oh, and the club is still being investigated for its role in Italy's latest betting scandal. Who wouldn't want this team?