Salernitana have decided to fire coach Davide Nicola – this time for real. Nicola was originally sacked on January 16th after an 8-2 defeat against Atalanta but he was then rehired by president Danilo Iervolino two days after as the club failed to find a replacement.
Now it looks like it’ll be a matter of time before Nicola will be sacked again as he has lost three of the last four Serie A games, included the clash away to Hellas Verona that led the club slip fifth to last, only four points clear of the relegation zone. The big difference from the first sack is that Salernitana this time have found a substitute.
As reported by Sky Sport, Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa has found an agreement to become Salernitana’s new manager replacing Davide Nicola. He has emerged as the main candidate after the club initially opened talks with Beppe Iachini and evaluated several other profiles.
Sousa will sign a five-months contract with a two-years option that the board could trigger in case the club will avoid relegation. Sousa is expected in town in order to conduct the training session already this afternoon.
It will be a second stint in Serie A for Paulo Sousa as he has been Fiorentina’s coach from 2015 to 2017. Since then, he trained Chinese side TJ Quanjian, Bordeaux in Ligue 1, the Polish national team and lastly Brazilian side Flamengo.
His first game in charge for Salernitana will be against Lazio on Sunday afternoon.
Andrea Agostinelli | GIFN