Pescara make Bucchi Serie A's youngest coach
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Serie A strugglers Pescara have confirmed the appointment of Christian Bucchi as coach following the sacking of Cristiano Bergodi last week.

At 36, Bucchi, formerly in charge of the club's youth side, becomes the youngest coach in Serie A ahead of 37-year-old Andrea Stramaccioni of Inter Milan. He is also Pescara's third boss of the season.

Bergodi was sacked after a 1-0 defeat to Udinese sent the league new boys to the foot of the table. He had taken over at the helm when Giovanni Stroppa resigned in late November following a poor start, but failed to stop the rot.

Pescara have lost 18 times in 27 games so far in a campaign which has left them bottom on 21 points, the same number as fellow strugglers Palermo and Siena.

Bucchi's appointment is the 12th to be made in Serie A since the campaign began in late August.

Fellow strugglers Palermo have already seen three changes, beginning the season with Giuseppe Sannino, who was replaced by Gian Piero Gasperini after only a few games. Gasperini was then replaced by Alberto Malesani, only to be recently reappointed by Palermo's president Maurizio Zamparini.

A record 19 coaches were sacked in Serie A last season.

Champions Juventus sit top of the league with a six-point lead on Napoli.