Serie A struggler Genoa hired battle-hardened coach Davide Ballardini for the fourth time on Monday after sacking Rolando Maran hours earlier.

“On a grey day, in terms of both the weather and the team’s position in the standings, Davide Ballardini’s fourth experience has started on the bench of the oldest club in Italy. A return to the past,” the club said on its website.

Maran, hired before the start of the season, was dismissed after 13 league games with Genoa second-bottom of the table with seven points.

Ballardini, 56, is a familiar figure on the Italian coaching circuit but, remarkably, has never lasted more than one year in any job since starting his career in 2004.

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