Genoa fires Malesani following fan protest
Genoa fired Alberto Malesani following a protest-filled 4-1 loss
to Siena and hired Luigi De Canio for the final five matches of
Serie A, marking the record 18th coaching change in the Italian
league this season.
It’s the second time Genoa has sacked Malesani this
While Genoa has not made an official announcement, club
president Enrico Preziosi confirmed the move to RAI state radio
Sunday’s match with Siena was suspended for about 45 minutes
early in the second half, when Genoa fans threw flares onto the
pitch and climbed atop barriers as they were faced by stewards in
With their side trailing 4-0, players even removed their shirts
in front of the hard-core ”ultra” fans to acknowledge they
weren’t worthy of wearing them.
Genoa has the worst defense in the league and is one point above
the relegation zone with a match at AC Milan on Wednesday.
The previous record for coaching changes in Serie A was 15 in
Ten clubs have changed managers at least once, with Cagliari
leading the way with three firings.
Malesani was first fired in December after a 6-1 thrashing by
Napoli, but Genoa was equal on points with the ninth-place team at
the time. Malesani was rehired earlier this month after Pasquale
Marino was sacked.
De Canio briefly coached Genoa in Serie B in 2004. He has also
managed Udinese, Siena, Queens Park Rangers and Lecce.