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New coach for Ochoa as Nicola sacked...again

Davide Nicola was sacked by Salernitana for the second time in a month with former Poland boss Paulo Sousa confirmed as his successor.

VERONA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 13: Guillermo Ochoa of US Salernitana 1919 looks on prior to the Serie A match between Hellas Verona and Salernitana at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on February 13, 2023 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Emmanuele Ciancaglini/Ciancaphoto Studio/Getty Images)
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Salernitana have appointed Paulo Sousa as their new head coach after parting company with Davide Nicola for the second time in a month as the team struggle at the wrong end of the Serie A table.

Nicola was rehired on January 18 just two days after departing the club, but three defeats in four league games since then has led to another parting of the ways.

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Salernitana confirmed the news on their official website on Wednesday, with the announcement of Sousa’s arrival following moments later.

Sousa takes charge of his 12th different club, and his second in the Italian top flight following a two-year spell at Fiorentina. The 52-year-old more recently managed Poland at Euro 2020 and spent six months with Flamengo before being dismissed in June.

Salernitana are 16th in Serie A, five points above the relegation zone with 16 games to play.

Will Ochoa’s contract be renewed?

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa joined the Serie A side as a free agent in a deal that would initially run through to the end of the current season.

The club website also reports that they intend to extend Ochoa’s contract and that there is already a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between the goalkeeper and the club, meaning that after 30 June, when his contract expires, Ochoa will continue to wear the Salernitana colours.