Genoa fires coach Gian Piero Gasperini

Genoa has fired Gian Piero Gasperini and hired former Lazio

manager Davide Ballardini as its new coach.

The move comes a day after a 1-0 loss to Palermo in Serie A, the

fourth defeat in Genoa’s last five games.

Led by Luca Toni, Genoa has 11 points through 10 matches.

Gasperini had coached Genoa since 2006-07, bringing the club up

from Serie B after his first season.

Gasperini is the first manager fired since the start of the

Serie A season, with Bologna having sacked Franco Colomba a day

before its opener.