Zdenek Zeman set for shock Serie A return with Pescara
Former Roma coach Zdenek Zeman is set for a surprise return to Serie A as boss of rock-bottom Pescara, reports said on Thursday.
Zeman, a legendary figure in the Italian game who has also coached Lazio, Napoli and Cagliari, was sacked by Roma in February 2013 after a string of poor results left the capital side in eighth place.
According to reports in the Gazzetta dello Sport, the 69-year-old Czech, who spent a season with Swiss side FC Lugano last year, will sign a deal to take over the Adriatic coast club until June 2018.
Pescara sacked coach Massimo Oddo on Tuesday, three days after a 5-3 defeat to Torino.
Club form leads to vandalism
A week earlier, two cars belonging to Pescara president Daniele Sebastiani were set alight in an arson attack blamed on hardline "ultra" fans upset at the club's poor form.
Pescara have shipped a league-leading 55 goals in 24 games and are 13 points from safety.
Zeman initially became famous in Italy during a five-year spell at Foggia, whom he led from the third division to Serie A and the cusp of qualification for the UEFA Cup for three consecutive seasons.