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Italian club Genoa replaces coach after slow start

December 21, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 file photo, Catania coach Rolando Maran gestures during the Serie A soccer match between Catania and Chievo Verona at the Angelo Massimino stadium in Catania, Italy. Italian club Genoa fired coach Rolando Maran on Monday Dec. 21, 2020 as the team remained stuck in the relegation zone following a 2-0 loss to Benevento. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 file photo, Catania coach Rolando Maran gestures during the Serie A soccer match between Catania and Chievo Verona at the Angelo Massimino stadium in Catania, Italy. Italian club Genoa fired coach Rolando Maran on Monday Dec. 21, 2020 as the team remained stuck in the relegation zone following a 2-0 loss to Benevento. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 file photo, Catania coach Rolando Maran gestures during the Serie A soccer match between Catania and Chievo Verona at the Angelo Massimino stadium in Catania, Italy. Italian club Genoa fired coach Rolando Maran on Monday Dec. 21, 2020 as the team remained stuck in the relegation zone following a 2-0 loss to Benevento. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi, File)

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Davide Ballardini will coach Genoa for the fourth time after the Italian club hired him on Monday, replacing Rolando Maran with the team stuck in the relegation zone following a 2-0 loss to Benevento.

Genoa has just one victory in 13 games in Serie A and was in 19th place as it prepared to play at Spezia on Wednesday.

The team has been winless in the league since its season-opening victory over Crotone on Sept. 20. It has also won two Italian Cup games.

In a brief statement, the team said the 57-year-old Maran had been fired after four months on the job.

“The club thanks the coach and his staff for their commitment,” it said.

In the 2013-14 season, Maran was fired twice by the same club — Catania.

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Genoa’s team was struck hard by the coronavirus in late September with at least 14 positive cases among players and staff.

Ballardini first coached Genoa in 2010-11. He has also coached Lazio, Palermo, Cagliari and Bologna.

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