Donadoni appointed new Napoli coach

Napoli has sacked manager Edy Reja and replaced him with former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni in a move aimed at improving the club's fortunes after defeats in seven of their last nine Serie A games.

Napoli, highflyers early in the campaign, they were placed second last October, have gone into freefall since mid-January since when they have only added a meagre two points to their total. Reja joined the club, then in the third division, in 2004, and under his stewardship they gained promotion to Serie B in 2006 and then the top flight the following year.

Last season they ended up in eighth place to qualify for the Intertoto Cup. They are currently placed 11th. Reja's replacement, Donadoni, was sacked himself as Italy manager after the national side's elimination from UEFA EURO 2008 at the quarter-finals stage.

Donadoni, 48, a three-time winner of the UEFA Champions League as a player with AC Milan, is taking charge of his third Serie A side after spells with Genoa and Livorno.