Gian Piero Gasperini has now joined a list that is getting much longer each week. The Genoa coach was sacked earlier today following his side’s 1-0 defeat to Palermo over the weekend and the club has rumored to have already found their new boss in former Palermo and Lazio managerDavide Ballardini. Ballardini is expected to be announced officially later this afternoon as the replacement to Gasperini.
And despite the side’s alleged discovery of a new manager following less then 24 hours since the firing of their former boss, Gasperini still admitted to Italian news agency ANSA that the decision was unexpected:
Yes, I have been sacked. I did not expect it. I prefer not to say anything now and wait for it all to be formalised. Of course, there is great bitterness.
Gasperini, formerly of Crotone, had been the Italian side’s coach for four and a half seasons and this season the club had struggled to only earn 11 points in 10 matches so far this Serie A season. The Genoa club is within one match of the relegation zone, but currently sit in the middle of the table. The results so far this season were obviously not good enough to meet the board’s expectations and following an aggressive summer of transfer moves (including the acquisition of Luca Toni), Gasperini has been sacked due to his failure to meet the risen expectations of the club.
Personally, I find the side’s recent woes to be a bit exaggerated considering 4 of their 5 losses came to excellent clubs including Inter, Roma, Milan, and Palermo, but the club has decided to part ways withtheir long time coach regardless of the strength of schedule of the club. Gasperini took over the4 squad in 2006 and after seeking promotion to the top tier the club had enjoyed three fairly successful seasons under the coach’s helm finishing in 10th, 5th, and 9th place over the last three seasons.
This year Genoa currently sits in 13th place.