Ficcadenti replaces Donadoni at Cagliari.

The first managerial casualty in Serie A has come earlier than expected this season as two weeks before the new campaign kicks off, Cagliari have sacked their Coach Roberto Donadoni and replaced him with Massimo Ficcadenti.
The former Italy boss’s future looked bleak in the weeks leading up to his discharge as he and President Massimo Cellino had bickered about the failure to re-sign David Suazo, the sale of Alessandro Matri and the club’s inability to land striker Robert Acquafresca as well as other players Donadoni wished to sign.
In modern football, managers come and go in such a short space of time that the fans and even managers themselves seem to expect and accept that they will not be in their position for very long. This is especially the case at Cagliari as the club’s President has no qualms about handing coaches their P45s (or the Italian equivalent). Donadoni has been considered a stubborn and difficult manager to work with by the majority of clubs he has worked for, and with the strained relationship he shared with Cellino, it was expected that his tenure at Cagliari was about to come to an end and he became the 22nd Coach to leave the club since the convicted fraudster took over in 1992.
Donadoni lasted just eight months in the Rossoblu hot-seat, almost twice as long as his predecessor Pierpaolo Bisoli and, considering the tight budget and thin squad he had to work with, his record at the helm of the Rossoblu was respectable to say the least. The former Napoli Coach got off to the perfect start in charge of the Isolani, winning his first two Serie A games against Brescia and Lecce 2-1 and 3-2, respectively. Cagliari went on to claim eight more league victories, including defeating Catania 3-0, Chievo 4-1, Palermo 3-1 and Lazio 1-0. Cagliari drew four games and lost just 12 of the 26 games Donadoni was in charge of which lead to them finishing 14th in the league last season, an improvement on their 16th place finish in the 2009/10 campaign.
The former Milan midfielder had a satisfactory record at Cagliari but it is the timing of his dismissal which comes as the biggest shock. Cellino sacked Donadoni two weeks before the opening game of the new season which means new Coach Ficcadenti doesn’t have much time to work with his new players before they host champions Milan on August 27. The former Cesena boss has very little time to stamp his own style or authority on the club, nor will he be able to make the signings he wants to before he welcomes Massimiliano Allegri’s men to the Stadio Sant’Elia. Meaning that for the first few weeks of the new campaign he will have to make use of the same thin resources his predecessor had at his disposal.
Cellino has to be confident about Ficcadenti’s ability to get the disheartened Cagliari fans on his side and to raise the morale of his new players in such a short space of time, otherwise the Sardinian side will struggle this season and it will be the President who pays for it.

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