Mihajlovic named new Catania coach

BY foxsports • December 8, 2009

Sinisa Mihajlovic was hired as the new coach of Serie A side Catania on Tuesday after Gianluca Atzori was fired late Monday. The team said on its Web site that the former Bologna coach has signed a contract through to 2011. "We would like to thank Atzori for his work and the professionalism he showed and we wish him well for the rest of his career. Sinisa Mihajlovic is the new coach of Catania." Currently Catania is second from bottom in the standings with nine points from 15 games this season. In its latest match the Sicilian side lost 3-2 to Siena. Atzori is the ninth Serie A coach to lose his job this year. Mihajlovic coached Bologna last season but was sacked after only 21 matches. Previously he was Roberto Mancini's assistant at Inter Milan and helped Inter to two league titles. Mihajlovic made his name as part of the Red Star Belgrade team that won the European Cup in 1991. He moved to AS Roma in 1992 and subsequently played for Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter. During his time as a player in Italy, the Serbia international won two league titles, one UEFA Cup Winners Cup and the Italian Cup three times. However, his reputation was damaged when Arsenal's Patrick Viera accused him of making racist remarks, while in 2003 he was banned for eight Champions League matches for spitting at and kicking Chelsea's Adrian Mutu.

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