Torino have sacked manager Walter Mazzarri after seeing the side collapse against Lecce. A 4-0 defeat to the Serie A minnows proved to be the final straw for the club’s board and Mazzarri was axed on Tuesday, swiftly replace by youth boss Moreno Longo until the end of the season.
Four successive defeats, including a 7-0 loss to Atalanta as well as exit from the Coppa Italia by AC Milan, saw Mazzarri’s position become untenable and the club confirmed his sacking on Tuesday afternoon.
‘President Ubrano Cairo and coach Walter Mazzarri, after a thorough analysis of the current situation, have decided to end their professional relationship,’ a club statement read on Tuesday.
‘Torino Football Club announces therefore the consensual resolution of Walter Mazzarri’s contract.
‘The club wishes to thank the coach and all of his staff for the commitment, fairness, and professionalism shown in these last two years.’
Mazzarri started strongly in the job after arriving in January 2018, navigating the club to seventh in the league and into the qualifying rounds for Europe.
Defeat to Wolves in Europa League qualifying cut short their ambitions and since then there has been a steep decline in their fortunes, particularly defensively.
The 7-0 loss to Atalanta was particularly galling and supporters left in their thousands prior to the final whistle to gather outside and protest against their poor run of results.
After the game, Torino players reportedly broke down in tears in the dressing room as they came to terms with the humiliating defeat and things only got worse in the most recent loss to Lecce.
The whole squad jetted off to a winter training retreat after the Atalanta loss as the club’s players bid to escape the criticism that awaits from fans and the Italian media. In the end, Mazzarri was unable to turn it around to save his job.