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Rossi appointed by Sampdoria

Sampdoria have sacked head coach Ciro Ferrara and replaced him with ex-Fiorentina boss Delio Rossi.

Ferrara replaced Giuseppe Iachini on Samp's return to the top flight this summer, but the former Italy Under-21 coach has paid the price for a poor start to the Serie A season in which the Blucerchiati have won just five times.

Following Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Catania, Sampdoria issued a statement on their official website outlining the personnel changes.

It read: "Sampdoria can confirm they have dismissed first-team coach Ciro Ferrara along with all his technical staff.

"At the same time, the club has accepted the resignations of director of sport Pasquale Sensibile and technical co-ordinator Domenico Teti.

"The club would like to thank everyone for the work they have put in over recent months and wish them all the best for their future careers.

"Sampdoria can also confirm the appointments of both Delio Rossi as first-team coach and Carlo Osti as director of sport.

"They will be presented in Bogliasco at 1pm (BST) tomorrow afternoon."