Mihajlovic replaces Atzori at Catania

Serbian Sinisa Mihajlovic has been appointed the new coach of Catania after Gianluca Atzori became the ninth Serie A coaching casualty this season. Mihajlovic has signed a contract until June 2011, according to the Sicilian club.

A former international defender, Mihajlovic played for Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter Milan during his career, winning two league titles while he also lifted the European Champion Clubs' Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991.

Following his playing career he was Roberto Mancini's assistant at Inter for two years before taking up his first head coaching role at Bologna last season, although he lasted only five months.

Atzori replaced Walter Zenga at Catania at the beginning of the season for his first Serie A job after only one season of coaching Ravenna in the third tier of Italian football.

However Catania sit second bottom in the table and on Sunday lost 3-2 at bottom-placed Siena, resulting in the end of Atzori's Serie A career after just 15 matches. He was the eighth Serie A coach to be sacked this season while Luciano Spalletti also walked out on Roma.