Genoa sack Gigi Delneri, bring in Davide Ballardini

Giuseppe Bellini

Genoa fell 2-0 to Catania at home today, keeping them firmly in the relegation zone. It was the last straw for Luigi Delneri, who has been replaced by Davide Ballardini

Reports out of Italy on Sunday evening suggested Genoa have sacked manager Luigi Delneri. The confirmation of Delneri's firing came as little surprise to anyone paying attention to Serie A. With Enrico Preziosi in charge of the rossoblu, managers tend not to stick around for much time -- this is their seventh in two years.

Luigi De Canio, who managed to keep Genoa from relegation by taking over for the last few weeks of last season, was dismissed in October. Delneri could do nothing to alleviate Genoa's woes, with the side earning just eight points under his watch. Sunday's home loss to Catania was their ninth defeat in thirteen games, keeping them firmly in the relegation zone.

So now it's time to see if Davide Ballardini can do any better. He took over from Gian Piero Gasperini in the 2010-2011 season, leading Genoa to 10th in Serie A. Ballardini's last stint on the sidelines was with Cagliari -- his third time at the club -- where he lasted just four months. It's tough to see him doing much better with this ragtag bunch Genoa have assembled.

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