Former Italy coach Donadoni fired by Cagliari

Former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni became the first casualty of the new Serie A season two weeks before it even kicks off when he was fired by Cagliari on Friday.

The Sardinian club's spokesman announced the decision following Cagliari's 5-1 friendly win at amateur side Arzachena. Italian media had been reporting all day that Donadoni was heading for the exit door having fallen out with club president Massimo Cellino.

Former Cesena coach Massimo Ficcadenti is believed to be in pole position to take over.