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By ESPN Staff

Empoli bring back Cagni, Baldini leaves Catania

MILAN, March 31 (Reuters) - Empoli have reappointed Luigi Cagni as coach after sacking Alberto Malesani, Serie A's bottom club said on Monday.

Fellow strugglers Catania also announced the departure of coach Silvio Baldini in a statement. Baldini had been in charge since the start of the season and Italian media said he was expected to be replaced by former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga.

Catania are hovering over the drop zone after a 2-1 home defeat by Torino on Sunday.

Tuscan side Empoli are one point adrift at the bottom with seven games left of the season following Sunday's 2-0 home loss to Sampdoria. The change of coach was announced on their website.

Cagni returns after being sacked and replaced by former Udinese boss Malesani in November, when Empoli were third from bottom.

The dismissal of Cagni was a surprise after he had led the small club to seventh spot in the previous season and a first ever appearance in the UEFA Cup.

Sacking coaches and then bringing them back is in vogue in Italy. Palermo's Stefano Colantuono, dismissed in November, returned for a second spell last week but lost his first game 1-0 at Napoli on Sunday.