Tuesday April 9 2019
OFFICIAL: Pioli resigns from Fiorentina

Fiorentina have announced that Stefano Pioli has resigned as the club’s Coach. “My professional and human qualities have been questioned.”

A statement on the club’s official website confirmed Pioli had stepped down, while his assistant Giacomo Murelli took training ‘normally’ on Tuesday morning.

Explaining his decision to ANSA, the 53-year-old said: “I’ve always assumed my responsibilities.

“I’ve always guaranteed professionalism, respect and maximum commitment in my work: I reluctantly see myself forced to leave, resigning, because my professional and above all human qualities have been questioned.”

Although the Viola appeared to back the former Lazio and Inter boss, they suggested he had not been working with ‘competence and sincerity’.

It also comes after fans attacked the Della Valle family for making a scapegoat out of the trainer, branding the owners ‘the shame of Florence’.

The 53-year-old was appointed Fiorentina Coach in the summer of 2017 and guided the side to an eighth-place finish in Serie A last season, despite the death of captain Davide Astori.

However, the Tuscans have won just one of their last 11 games, although they have a Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Atalanta to look forward to.

Ex-Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco is the favourite to take the reins, although Primavera tactician Emiliano Bigica and Lecce’s Fabio Liverani have also been mentioned.

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