Sassuolo fires Malesani, rehires Di Francesco

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SASSUOLO, Italy (AP) -- Last-place Sassuolo has fired Alberto Malesani after five straight losses in Serie A and rehired Eusebio Di Francesco.

Di Francesco led Sassuolo to the Serie B title last season and a first-ever promotion to the top division. He was fired in January and Malesani took over but failed to gain a single point.

Sassuolo lost 1-0 to regional rival Parma on Sunday, leaving the club two points behind Catania and four behind Chievo Verona and Livorno.

The bottom three clubs will be relegated.

It's the 12th coaching change in Serie A this season.

Earlier Monday, Di Francesco won the Serie B coach of the year award for his work last season.