Italian Serie A strugglers Bologna on Tuesday night sacked head coach Stefano Pioli “with great regret” but expect to appoint a new boss imminently.
The 48-year-old replaced Pierpaolo Bisoli at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in October 2011 and guided Bologna to ninth place at the end of his first season at the helm.
A 13th-place finish followed in 2012/13 but it has been a difficult season so far for the Rossoblu as they have won only three league games and are currently in 17th place, just one point outside the relegation zone.
A statement published on Bologna’s official website read:
“Bologna announce that, in light of recent disappointing results, the club are compelled to dismiss our first-team coach Stefano Pioli with deep regret.
“We sincerely thank Pioli and his staff for the work they did with great professionalism, passion and with a rare attachment to the fate of our club over recent years. In the coming hours the new coach will be announced.”
Bologna had a really bad start to the season, losing five of their opening eight games, before Pioli oversaw back-to-back victories over Livorno and Cagliari to ease the pressure.
But unfortunately those wins were not a springboard to better results and Monday’s 2-0 defeat to bottom club Catania was apparently too much for the Bologna board.
But if Pioli was on that much thin ice, why not fire him during the winter break, so that the new manager would have time to come in and work with the team before the second half of the season started?