Genoa fires Malesani following fan protest

Genoa has 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 a record 18th coaching change in the Italian

league this season.

It’s the second time Genoa has sacked Malesani this

campaign.

While Genoa has not made an official announcement, club

president Enrico Preziosi confirmed the move to RAI state radio

Monday.

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

riot gear.

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

1951-52.

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 fired.