Catania sack ex-QPR boss

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Lowly Serie A side Catania have axed Luigi De Canio after last night's Coppa Italia humiliation at the hands of second tier Siena.

Catania's 4-1 thrashing against Serie B Siena proved to be the final straw for coach Luigi De Canio, who has been sacked and will be replaced by former boss Rolando Maran.

De Canio only lasted 11 games on the Catania bench after coming in for Maran on October 20 with the Elefanti stuttering.

The ex-Queens Park Rangers manager failed to turn the Sicilian side's fortunes around and they are currently propping up the Serie A table and have a relegation battle ahead of them.

An embarrassing 4-1 loss to mid-table Second Division side Siena on home soil in the Coppa Italia finished De Canio off and the club confirmed his exit after the final whistle.

Maran is ready to return to his old job in time to take on high-flying Fiorentina at the weekend - a game that Catania are outsiders to win.

The 50-year-old is well travelled and has coached many mid-level Italian clubs including Brescia, Bari and Vicenza. He will feel that he has a point to prove and will look to reassert his authority after the De Canio era.

Since managing QPR in the 2007-08 season, De Canio has coached Lecce, Genoa and Catania and enjoyed precious little success with any of the three sides.

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