Italy`s Sampdoria sack coach Rossi

IANS| Last Updated: Nov 12, 2013, 14:50 PM IST

Rome: Struggling Sampdoria have fired coach Delio Rossi, who is a former Lazio and Fiorentina coach, the Italian Serie A club said.

Delio Rossi was sacked Monday after Sampdoria dropped into the relegation zone following their third defeat in a row Sunday at Fiorentina.

Youth team coach Francesco Pedone will take over training until a replacement for Rossi is found.

Italian press speculation has linked Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who previously coached Bologna, Catania and Fiorentina, with the post.

Rossi, 52, lasted less than a year having only been hired last December, becomes the third Serie A coach fired this year.

Genoa`s Fabio Liverani, who was replaced by Gian Piero Gasperini, and Rolando Maran, succeeded at Catania by Luigi Di Canio, also had been fired.