Former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni was today unveiled as the new boss of Serie A strugglers Cagliari, replacing sacked coach Pierpaolo Bisoli.
The side from Sardinia have lost their last two home games to Naples and Genoa and are currently 17th in the Italian first division just two points ahead of bottom side Bari.
Bisoli is the third Italian first division coach to lose his job this year after Gian Piero Gasperini at Genoa and Franco Colomba at Bologna.
Donadoni was a star player for AC Milan from 1980 to 1990 and was coach of the Italian national team from 2006 to 2008. The 47-year-old signed a two-year contract with the Sardinian outfit just hours after Pieropaolo Bisoli was dismissed by the club's board.
"I said immediately yes when offered this chance," said Donadoni. "I am ready to begin work."
Bisoli was dismissed in the wake of Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Genoa, a result which left Cagliari in 17th place in the Italian top flight after a run of just two wins from 12 league games.
"I believe Bisoli built something positive," Donadoni continued. "Now he is going through a bitter time in his career but that does not take away all the good things he has done at the club. I will speak to him in the next couple of days."
Donadoni is confident he can turn around the team's fortunes. "We need to correct the mistakes and work on our quality. I am not the healer of all problems and I will ask my players to give their best."
"As always, I will put my heart and soul into this project. I will put my experience to good use," said Donadoni, who presided over Italy's disappointing UEFA Euro 2008 campaign. The former Azzurri coach has experience at domestic level from previous stints with Livorno, Genoa and Napoli. He joined Napoli to much fanfare last year but suffered a wretched time and was sacked just eight months later.
"I prefer to think of the future and not the past," Donadoni added. "You learn from mistakes just as you learn from victories. I was looking forward to return to coaching. I have the right spirit and will to coach Cagliari," said Donadoni ahead of his first fixture as coach - a clash with Brescia on Sunday.