MILAN - Former Italy manager
Roberto Donadoni has been fired by Serie A side Cagliari,
kicking off the coaching merry-go-round two weeks before the
season has even started.
"Cagliari football club communicates that it has relieved
coach Roberto Donadoni and his staff of their duties," the
Sardinian club said on its website.
"The club thanks him for his work and wishes him the best
fortune in the continuation of his career."
Donadoni had been in charge of the club since last November,
leading them to 14th in Serie A despite loaning top scorer
Alessandro Matri to Juventus halfway through the season.
Five days after joining Juventus, Matri scored twice for
them in a 3-1 win at Cagliari and he was bought by the Turin
club last month.
Italian media said Donadoni was unhappy with that departure
and was also upset with club president Massimo Cellino's
decision to part company with David Suazo.
The Honduran forward, who spent eight successful years with
the club before unhappy stints at Inter Milan, Benfica and
Genoa, had been training with the squad and understood he would
be offered a contract.
However, earlier this week Suazo was asked to leave and
subsequently signed for Catania.
Donadoni coached Italy from 2006 until 2008, when he was
sacked following an unimpressive Euro 2008 campaign.
The following year, the 47-year-old spent six months as
coach of Napoli.
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