Saturday December 28 2019
Official: Genoa appoint Nicola

Genoa have officially sacked Thiago Motta and brought in their third coach of the season, hiring Davide Nicola for six months with option to extend.

The former Crotone and Udinese boss arrived in the port city on Friday evening to work out the final details of the contract with President Enrico Preziosi.

Nicola’s contract runs to the end of the current campaign, with an option to extend for one more season if he rescues them from relegation.

He was greeted at the training ground this morning by directors and also captain Domenico Criscito.

It is a return to Genoa for 46-year-old Nicola, who was a player here for six seasons from 1995-98 and again from 1999-2002.

Nicola’s previous management jobs were with Lumezzane, Livorno, Bari, Crotone and most recently Udinese from November 2018 to March 2019.

Genoa are currently propping up the Serie A table after just two wins, five draws and 10 defeats.

They started the season under Aurelio Andreazzoli, who was dismissed on October 22 with two wins, two draws and five defeats to his name in all competition.

Thiago Motta was appointed, but between Serie A and the Coppa Italia, he achieved just two victories, three stalemates and five losses.

Ex-Penarol coach Diego Lopez had been lined up for the role before Christmas, but President Preziosi was reported to be unconvinced by this option.

The patron had then turned to Davide Ballardini, who already held the Genoa job three times, but he refused to return for a fourth spell unless Preziosi apologised for several very insulting comments made when he was last dismissed in October 2018.