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Fiorentina coach steps up

Relegation-threatened AC Fiorentina have named Ottavio Bianchi as their new president.

Third coach this season 
Bianchi will step down as coach to be replaced by his assistant, the ex-Fiorentina player Luciano Chiarugi, for the last five games of the season. Chiarugi becomes their third trainer this term after Bianchi and Roberto Mancini.

Unexpected development 
Bianchi said: "The president's job is something I never expected, but when you become involved with a cause like this you have to put everything into it. The first objective is to have a well-run club and a winning team."

Relegation threat 
Fiorentina will be relegated if they lose to Piacenza FC on Sunday and results elsewhere go against them.