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Soccer: Struggling Bologna hire Ballardini

Serie A side replaces Pioli with ex-Lazio, Cagliari, Genoa boss

08 January, 17:25
Soccer: Struggling Bologna hire Ballardini (Updates previous) (ANSA) - Bologna, January 8 - Struggling Serie A side Bologna said Wednesday that they have signed Davide Ballardini to take over as coach for the reminder of the season.

Ballardini, whose contract runs until June 30, began work immediately and replaces former coach Stefano Pioli, who was sacked one day earlier. Ballardini, 50, of Ravenna, has formerly coached Lazio, Cagliari, Palermo and Genoa.

Bologna are one point above the relegation zone in 17th place after winning just three of the 18 league matches they have played so far this season.

Pioli is the sixth Serie A boss to lose his job this term.

Lazio, Genoa, Catania, Sampdoria and Chievo have also changed coaches.