Massimo Ficcadenti has been sacked as coach of Cagliari after just four months in charge of the Serie A club.
Ficcadenti, 44, took over at the Stadio Sant’Elia on August 16 following the dismissal of former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni, who was himself sacked two weeks before the start of the season.
Ficcadenti has guided Cagliari to three victories, four draws and three defeats from 10 league outings in 2011/12.
He leaves with the club a respectable 10th on the Serie A table, although they are only five points outside the relegation zone, and without a win in their last five matches.
“Massimo Ficcadenti is no longer the Cagliari coach. The decision was made today,” the club said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Cagliari Calcio thank Massimo Ficcadenti and his staff for the work done up until now with effort and professionalism.”
“Along with the coach, his collaborators (Bruno) Conca, (Ermes) Fulgoni and (Mattia) Toffolutti also leave the Rossoblu,” the statement said, referring to Ficcadenti’s assistants.
Former Genoa and Palermo boss Davide Ballardini is reportedly among the front-runners to succeed Ficcadenti.
Ballardini helped Cagliari avoid relegation when served as interim coach in the second half of 2007/08.