Paolo Zanetti has been sacked as coach of Empoli after the Azzurri lost their opening four matches of the 2023/24 Serie A campaign. The Tuscan club have not scored a goal yet this season, and the humiliating 7-0 defeat to AS Roma on Sunday evening proved to be the final straw as they remain at the bottom of the Serie A table.

Zanetti was appointed as Empoli coach in the summer of 2022 after he had guided Venezia into Serie A and he had coached the Venetians in 2021/22 before being relieved of his duties near the end of the campaign.

Empoli issued a statement on Tuesday, September 19, announcing his sacking while also thanking him and his staff for guiding the club to safety last season.

Empoli release Zanetti and his staff

Empoli Football Club announces that Paolo Zanetti and his collaborators Alberto Bertolini, Nicola Beati and Fabio Trentin have been relieved of their duties as head coach of the first team,” the Tuscan club said on their official website.

“To coach Zanetti, [the] protagonist of the ride that led us to safety last season, go the most heartfelt and sincere thanks for the work done in recent months. At the same time Empoli Football Club wishes the technician and his collaborators the best of luck for the sporting and professional future.”

Empoli then confirmed Aurelio Andreazzoli‘s return to the club to replace Zanetti for what is his fourth spell in charge of the Azzurri.

Serie A’s fastest sacking

There have been a few coaches that were stood down after a few games, such Eusebio Di Francesco being sacked by Hellas Verona after three rounds in 2021/22 while Serse Cosmi only lasted for four matches during the 2010/11 season at Palermo. However, the quickest sacking in Serie A history goes to Attilio Tesser at Cagliari in 2005/06.

Prior to coaching the Isolani, he had coached Sudtirol in Serie C2 in the early 2000s before coaching Triestina in Serie B for two seasons. The Sardinians travelled to Siena for the opening round of the 2005/06 Serie A campaign and lost 2-1, prompting Cagliari president Massimo Cellino to sack Tesser straight after that match.

His replacement Daniele Arrigoni did not stay long either. He has guided the Isolani to safety in 2004/05, but he resigned after a 1-1 draw at home to Lazio. Davide Ballardini began the first of many stints coaching in the Sardinian capital from Matchdays 3 to 11 before veteran tactician Nedo Sonetti coached Cagliari for the remainder of the season and secured Serie A survival.