Monday November 8 2010
Gasperini 'didn't expect' to lose job

Gian Piero Gasperini admits he didn't expect to lose his job in charge of Genoa after Sunday night's defeat away to Palermo.

The 52-year-old tactician was in his fifth season at Marassi, but his inability to deliver immediate results after a summer outlay of £30m ultimately proved his downfall.

Genoa currently lie 14th in Serie A and have lost three of their last four games.

"I didn't expect it," Gasperini said.

"I prefer not to say anything, at least for today, also because I am waiting for it to be made official.

"Naturally there is great bitterness," he concluded.

It appears Davide Ballardini has already been appointed as Gasperini's replacement.

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