Pescara relegated from Serie A

Claudio Villa

A 4-1 defeat at the hands of Genoa means the delfini become the first team to be relegated from Serie A this season.

The loss to Genoa was just about as comprehensive as could've been expected, and served to encapsulate Pescara's entire season in one match. It extended their winless streak to 16 matches, and means they've still only picked up two points all year.

The delfini's relegation has been inevitable for quite some time, with them having not won a single game since the start of 2013. Their demise can be traced back even further than that -- they lost coach Zdeněk Zeman and star players Lorenzo Insigne, Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile after they won promotion to Serie A, and have never looked the same confident, swashbuckling side since.

Despite a sprinkling of young talent in the almost certainly departing Juanfer Quintero, Vladimír Weiss and Ante Vukušić, Pescara were badly short on wise old heads with Serie A experience. Unfortunately with their squad likely to be dismantled even further in the summer, it won't be easy for them to jump straight back again.

With Cristian Bucchi currently operating as interim coach, there's talk that ex-Parma, Genoa and Catania coach Pasquale Marino will be brought in for next season. Suffice to say, he's got a job on his hands to assemble something from this motley crew.

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