Genoa chief Enrico Preziosi says he has no intention of sacking rookie boss Fabio Liverani following a problematic start to the season.
Liverani was handed his first professional coaching role in the summer, but the Rossoblu have lost all three of their official games so far this term.
“He is a great Coach,” Preziosi, who has a reputation for hiring and firing, told Odeon TV. “I’ll defend him.
“We’ve built a good team which is offering opportunities to some young players.”
Reports on Tuesday evening suggested Liverani could be replaced by Andrea Stramaccioni, sacked by Inter in the summer, should they lose the derby to Sampdoria in Week 3.
The Marassi outfit started the season with a Coppa Italia reverse to Spezia. They then lost 2-0 to Inter and 5-2 to Fiorentina in Serie A.
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