Sunday April 21 2019
Genoa to recall Ballardini again?

Genoa are reportedly considering the sack for Cesare Prandelli and could bring back Davide Ballardini yet again.

The Grifone are now only five points clear of the relegation zone and sliding alarmingly down the standings following a 1-0 home defeat to Torino.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, President Enrico Preziosi is giving serious thought to dismissing Prandelli just 19 games into his tenure.

He took over in December 2018 and was already Genoa’s third Coach of the campaign.

Ballardini started the season, but was fired on October 9 to make way for the returning Ivan Juric.

Then Juric was dismissed on December 7 and Prandelli brought in.

It’s reported that if Prandelli were to be axed, Preziosi would try to recall Ballardini, seeing as he is already under contract and still being paid his salary.

This would be improbable and absolutely extraordinary, because Preziosi had harsh words when he did sack Ballardini.

“I consider him to be a terrible Coach, as in his career he was fired 13 times in 14 seasons,” Preziosi told the Corriere della Sera.

“Only at Sambenedettese in Serie C did he manage to see out the season. I won’t deny that last year he earned credit by helping us on the road to safety, but he remains only a caretaker for complicated situations. He is not capable of training a team from the start, he never makes that step up in quality.

“Ballardini is a wonderful person, but he doesn’t know how to put his players on the pitch, he can’t do anything. Juric is a positive Coach and it was my mistake to confirm Ballardini at the end of the last season.

“As I’ve already said, he can handle negative results and is good at rescuing bad situations, but we cannot continue a project with a Coach who provides such a terrible spectacle on the field.

“I don’t enjoy firing him, but the decision was inevitable. We had a meeting for an hour-and-a-half, but he didn’t give me the response I wanted.

“He’s a terrible Coach!”

This would be Ballardini’s fourth different spell on the Genoa bench, after November 2010-June 2011, January-June 2013 and November 2017-October 2018.

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