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Luigi De Canio has been sacked as coach of Catania after just three months in charge.

Luigi De Canio is the new man at Catania
Luigi De Canio only arrived in October.

Former coach Rolando Maran is expected to be reappointed -- having been sacked in October 2013 -- although former Juventus, Sampdoria and Italy under-21 coach Ciro Ferrara was also believed to be in the frame.

"Calcio Catania S.p.A announces that Mr Luigi De Canio has been relieved of his duties in charge of the first team," read an announcement on the Sicilian club's website. "Our club would like to thank him for the helpfulness and effort he made.

"De Canio's assistant coach Roberto Rizzo and technical assistants Filipp Orlando and Paolo Pavese will also leave."

The Rosaneri won just two matches under De Canio's guidance, losing seven and drawing two. During his reign, they dropped from 17th to 20th in Serie A, touching rock bottom after losing 2-1 to Atalanta at the weekend.

Maran's record was not much better with just one win in his first eight matches this season, although he is now expected to be given another chance.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he arrived back in the Sicilian city on Thursday morning and will lead his first training session in the afternoon. Catania host Fiorentina on Sunday.

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