Italian coach denies Leyton Orient links

Italian tactician Marco Giampaolo has rejected rumours that he is set to take charge of League One side Leyton Orient.

Former Brescia boss Marco Giampaolo has flatly denied that he is in line to become Leyton Orient manager in an interview with the Italian press.

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has just completed the sale of his stake in the League One club to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti, prompting speculation over the club's future.

There have been reports in Italy that Becchetti has opened talks with Giampaolo, who has been out of work for several months since leaving Serie B side Brescia.

But Giampaolo has issued a firm denial in an interview with SportItalia.

"These reports are without any foundation," he said. "There is nothing."

Swiss-born coach Giampaolo came to prominence at minnows Ascoli between 2004 and 2006 when he improbably led them to Serie A despite not yet holding a coaching licence.

Since then things have been more difficult for the 46-year-old, who has been axed twice by Cagliari and once by Siena, Catania and Cesena.

Giampaolo's latest stint at Brescia ended badly after a string of poor results and clashes with supporters that culminated in the coach going AWOL for several days before resigning.

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