Cagliari fires Maran amid 11-match winless run, hires Zenga

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              Roma's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, right, is tackled by Cagliari's Radja Nainggolan, botom center, during the Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Roma, at the Sardegna Arena stadium in Cagliari, Italy, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (Fabio Rossi/LaPresse via AP)
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CAGLIARI, Sardinia (AP) — Cagliari fired Rolando Maran on Tuesday amid an 11-match winless streak in Serie A and hired Walter Zenga as its new coach.

The move came two days after a 4-3 loss at home against Roma left the Sardinian club in 11th place.

Zenga, the former Inter Milan and Italy goalkeeper whose most recent job was at Venezia, was given a contract through next season.

Cagliari had exceeded expectations with its strong start to the season, which had it contending for the Champions League places with a 13-match unbeaten streak from the third through the 15th rounds. But the squad has been in a downward spiral since December.

Maran was in his second season in charge of Cagliari.

It’s the 13th coaching change in the 20-team Italian league this season.