AC Fiorentina have appointed Ottavio Bianchi as their new coach following the resignation of Roberto Mancini last week.
Bianchi had been the Serie A club’s sporting director but was unveiled on Monday afternoon as the replacement for Mancini. On Sunday, assistant coach Luciano Chiarugi led the team to a 2-2 draw against AC Chievo Verona but club owner Checchi Gori decided to give the permanent role to Bianchi.
The news was announced on the club's official website. It said: "AC Fiorentina announce that Ottavio Bianchi, who is also responsible as sporting director, assumes from today the job of coach of the first-team squad."
Success at Napoli
The former AS Roma coach had his best spell in charge of S.S. Napoli in the mid-1980s when his Diego Maradona-inspired side won the league title and the UEFA Cup. The 58-year-old will have little money to spend at Fiorentina, after last week’s attempted loan move for S.S. Lazio defender Sinisa Mihajlovic collapsed because administrators at the debt-ridden club refused to release the cash.
Fiorentina are just one place off the bottom of the table but Chiarugi was optimistic after the point against newly-promoted Chievo, who are one of Italy’s in-form sides. They were knocked out of the UEFA Cup at the third-round stage by Lille OSC.
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