March 13, 2019 / 3:20 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Andreazzoli returns to Empoli hot seat after four months

Soccer Football - Serie A - Empoli v Juventus - Stadio Carlo Castellani, Empoli, Italy - October 27, 2018 Empoli coach Aurelio Andreazzoli during the match REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

(Reuters) - Aurelio Andreazzoli has returned to Serie A strugglers Empoli, replacing coach Giuseppe Iachini who was sacked on Wednesday after only four months in charge, the club said in a statement.

Andreazzoli, 65, was fired in November after a poor run of results despite leading Empoli back to the top flight last season when they won the Serie B title by 13 points.

Iachini, 54, had steered four clubs out of the second tier but failed to steer Empoli away from danger in Serie A.

Empoli, who host Frosinone on Sunday, are one point above the drop zone in 17th place after only five wins in 27 matches.

“Empoli’s most heartfelt and sincere thanks to the coach (Iachini) and his colleagues for the work done and the club wish them the best of luck for their sporting and professional future,” Empoli said in a statement.

Iachini’s final match was a 2-1 loss at AS Roma on Monday — the hosts’ first game under returning coach Claudio Ranieri.

Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Ken Ferris

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