Italian club Genoa replaces coach after slow start
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.
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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