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Genoa Fire Alberto Malesani, Appoint Pasquale Marino

After a 6-1 defeat to Napoli, Genoa have sacked Alberto Malesani, replacing him with Pasquale Marino.

NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 21:  Alberto Malesani head coach of Genoa during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on December 21, 2011 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 21: Alberto Malesani head coach of Genoa during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on December 21, 2011 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Alberto Malesani had been dreading his firing from Genoa for weeks, speaking with the dread of a man who knew his time was up. Sure, the rossoblu were sitting comfortably in mid-table, but their uninspired performances drew criticism. It was the 6-1 loss to Napoli, however, that broke the griffin's back, with president Enrico Preziosi declaring, "This is football, not tennis." The humiliation was simply too much to bear, and Malesani assumed the role of the fall man.

So half a season for Malesani, and now he once again joins the line to get on the Serie A merry-go-round. His successor, Pasquale Marino, actually managed nearly a full season with Parma last year, before being fired after his team lost to nearly-relegated Bari. When Marino left, Parma were battling the drop themselves, sitting just two points above the relegation zone. Franco Colomba took his place, pulling Parma up to a 12th place finish.

Clearly Marino is the answer, then, to Genoa's woes. But hey, he brought Catania into Serie A, so that's something, right?