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.