Malesani named Genoa manager

Former Bologna manager Alberto Malesani has been appointed at the helm of Serie A rivals Genoa, the club confirmed on Monday.Malesani, 57, successfully kept Bologna in the top flight last season even as the Italian outfit plunged into financial crisis and failed to make player payments for months.

The wage backlog attracted a three-point deduction from Serie A, but in spite of it all Bologna finished 16th on the table under Malesani.

Having rejected the offer of a contract extension at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Malesani will instead head east to take up the managerial position left vacant by Davide Ballardini.

He has signed a one-year deal at the Genovese club, with an option for a further season.

Malesani earned his stripes at Chievo Verona before stints at Fiorentina and Parma. He led the latter to the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup in 1999.

Since that time, the much-travelled manager has called the shots at Verona, Modena, Greek side Panathinaikos, Udinese, Empoli and Siena.

Genoa finished 10th under Ballardini last term.