Novara sack Mondonico, reinstate Tesser
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Emiliano Mondonico on Tuesday became the 14th Serie A coaching casualty this season, as Novara reinstated Attilio Tesser as the club's manager.

Tesser made way for Mondonico on J30 January with the club rooted to the bottom of the table.

But despite beating Inter Milan at the San Siro, Mondonico paid for a run of five points from six games in charge which, although lifting Novara off the bottom, has left them 12 points from safety with the same number of matches remaining.

Many felt the original sacking of Tesser was harsh given that he had guided the unfashionable club to successive promotions and a first Serie A appearance in 55 years.

Novara join Cagliari, Palermo and Cesena in being the only sides to sack two coaches already this season.

Cagliari fired Roberto Donadoni in pre-season while Palermo followed suit in dismissing Stefano Pioli before the league campaign began but after the Sicilians' UEFA Europa League elimination. Donadoni is now in charge of Parma while Pioli is at Bologna.

Two weeks ago Cesena also changed coaches for the second time as Mario Beretta was hired to replace Daniele Arrigoni, who substituted Marco Giampaolo in November.

Despite all the coaching changes in Italy's top flight, half the Serie A teams continue with the same coach they began the season.

The most high-profile dismissal was that of Gian Piero Gasperini at Inter Milan. His replacement, Claudio Ranieri, is currently under pressure following a string of poor results.