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Livorno president hints at Nicola sacking

12 January 2014 20:39

Livorno president Aldo Spinelli has hinted that he is considering sacking coach Davide Nicola after a poor run of form.

The Stadio Armando Picchi outfit sit joint bottom of Serie A having taken just one point from their last eight league outings.

Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Parma means newly-promoted Livorno have lost 12 of their 19 top-flight games this season, winning just three times.

Coach Nicola was given a vote of confidence early last month, with a club statement insisting Spinelli had "never contacted, nor thought of contacting, other coaches" with a view to taking the reins.

However, it appears that the president's patience is now wearing thin, as he told Rai Sport following the Parma loss: "At this stage, I don't know what else to do. I've defended him more than once."

Spinelli indicated that the club's technical director Attilio Perotti, who took over briefly towards the end of the 2011-12 campaign and managed to salvage Livorno's Serie B status, could be in line for a second stint in charge.

"A replacement? It could be Attilio Perotti, as he has already rescued us once," he added.

"He knows the environment and I wouldn't want to bring someone in from the outside."

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 13 +25 35
2 13 +16 33
3 13 +23 31
4 12 +15 30
5 12 +18 28
6 12 +12 26
7 13 +1 19
8 13 -2 18
9 13 +4 17
10 13 -3 17
11 13 -5 17
12 13 +1 16
13 13 -9 15
14 12 -5 12
15 13 -13 12
16 13 -14 11
17 13 -10 10
18 13 -8 9
19 13 -19 6
20 13 -27 0

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