MILAN - Serie A basement side Bari
appointed veteran coach Bortolo Mutti to succeed Giampiero
Ventura on Thursday in a last-ditch bid to avoid relegation.
The southern Italian club, who played some exciting football
on their return to the top flight last term, have found their
second campaign much tougher and have been hampered by injuries.
Pundits had praised Bari for sticking by Ventura, 63,
despite being rock bottom of the table but six defeats in a row
led to the parties splitting mutually late on Thursday.
"Bortolo Mutti is the new coach of Bari and he has signed
until the end of the season," a club statement said.
The 56-year-old, who failed to keep Atalanta in Serie A this
season, starts at home to Genoa on Sunday with Bari
nine points adrift of the safety zone with 14 games left.
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