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Rossi in for Ferrara at struggling Sampdoria

UC Sampdoria have replaced coach Ciro Ferrara with Delio Rossi following their 3-1 defeat at Calcio Catania on Sunday, while Serse Cosmi has left bottom club AC Siena.

Delio Rossi was in charge of Fiorentina last season
Delio Rossi was in charge of Fiorentina last season ©Getty Images

UC Sampdoria have parted company with coach Ciro Ferrara in the wake of the 3-1 defeat at Calcio Catania on Sunday and appointed Delio Rossi in his stead.

After starting the Serie A season with three consecutive wins, promoted Sampdoria are now 14th with 17 points, three above the relegation zone. Rossi, most recently in charge of ACF Fiorentina in a coaching career that has encompassed 11 clubs over more than two decades, will be unveiled to the press on Tuesday.

Ferrara, 42, had signed a two-year contract with the Blucerchiati in the summer after leaving his post at the helm of the Italy team who subsequently qualified for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Capped 49 times by the Azzurri, the former defender counts a UEFA Cup win with SSC Napoli and a UEFA Champions League success at Juventus among the many trophies he lifted as a player. Prior to his experience with the U21s he coached the Bianconeri in 2009/10.

Ferrara's departure follows that of Serse Cosmi from bottom club AC Siena. The 4-1 weekend reverse at Fiorentina was their third straight loss. Giuseppe Iachini, who was replaced as Sampdoria boss by Ferrara having led them to promotion via the Serie B play-offs last term, has been named as Cosmi's successor.

"I promise to bring enthusiasm and work as hard as I can to keep the team in Serie A," said Iachini. "If I'm here it is because I believe in the strength of these players."