Ballardini leaves Genoa early
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Genoa today terminated coach Davide Ballardini's contract a year early, with president Enrico Preziosi announcing the move on Roman radio station Radio Radio.

"Instead of having another year of contract, from today Ballardini is free," said Preziosi.

"I spoke to him by telephone and thanked him for the work he did and the calmness he showed. But I won't divulge the reason for our separation, I don't think it would be right to do so."

Ballardini took over from from Gian Piero Gasperini, who was fired in November, but lasted less than a season in the job. Genoa finished tenth in Serie A this season, 31 points behind champions AC Milan.