Davide Ballardini is to return for
a third stint as coach of Cagliari, the Serie A club said on
Wednesday, making him the third man this year to take charge of
the Sardinian team.
The 47-year-old will replace Massimo Ficcadenti who was
surprisingly fired after less than three months in the hot seat
even though Cagliari lie a respectable 10th in the table.
The Sardinian club also sacked Roberto Donadoni in August
two weeks before the start of the league campaign.
Ballardini coached Cagliari in 2005 but lasted only three
His second stab at the job was more successful as he
returned halfway through the 2007/08 season with the team bottom
of the table and led them clear of the relegation zone.
Ballardini has since coached at Palermo, Genoa and Lazio.
Ficcadenti was the seventh coaching victim of the season in
Serie A and the second this week after Sinisa Mihajlovic parted
company with Fiorentina.
There have also been changes at Palermo, Inter Milan,
Bologna and Cesena.
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