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Parma rehires D’Aversa as coach after firing Liverani

January 7, 2021 GMT
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 file photo former Parma's coach Roberto D'Aversa shouts instructions to his players during a Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and Parma at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Parma has rehired Thursday Jan. 7, 2021 former coach Roberto D’Aversa to replace the fired Fabio Liverani. The 45-year-old D’Aversa was himself fired from Parma in August. (Massimo Paolone/Lapresse via AP, file )
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 file photo former Parma's coach Roberto D'Aversa shouts instructions to his players during a Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and Parma at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Parma has rehired Thursday Jan. 7, 2021 former coach Roberto D’Aversa to replace the fired Fabio Liverani. The 45-year-old D’Aversa was himself fired from Parma in August. (Massimo Paolone/Lapresse via AP, file )

PARMA, Italy (AP) — Parma rehired former coach Roberto D’Aversa on Thursday to replace the fired Fabio Liverani.

The 45-year-old D’Aversa was himself fired from Parma in August, with the club citing a lack of unity and cohesion.

D’Aversa had been in charge of Parma for four years, guiding the team to back-to-back promotions from the third division into Serie A.

Under D’Aversa, Parma finished 14th in his first season coaching in the top flight and 11th last year.

The club is currently in the relegation zone after four successive losses. The latest was a 3-0 defeat at Atalanta on Wednesday.

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Liverani won just two of his 16 matches in charge, losing eight of them.

It is the third coaching change in Serie A this season. Fiorentina and Genoa also fired their coaches.

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