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Stefano Pioli Reportedly Resigns as Fiorentina Coach

Unofficial reports from Italy suggest Pioli has left the Fiorentona bench

ACF Fiorentina v Frosinone Calcio - Serie A Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

According to a report from Sky Sports Italia, Stefano Pioli has resigned as coach of Fiorentina, although there has been no official word from the club as of yet.

The report come less than 24 hours after the club released a statement supporting Pioli following a poor run of form which has seen la Viola win just one game in the past two months. Despite this, Pioli’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season, and it was not expected that either he or the club intended to renew the agreement past that point.

Should Sky’s source prove accurate, Pioli’s tenure as Fiorentina coach will end with a record of 27 wins, 25 draws, and 22 losses in 74 games. Pioli’s win percentage of 36.49% is the worst of any Fiorentina manager since Delio Rossi, who guided the side to wins in just 26% of the matches he took charge of.

It is expected that current Primavera coach Emiliano Bigica will take over the first team for the remainder of the season. Bigica, who joined Fiorentina as a player the same Summer that Pioli left to join Padova, has been the head coach of the Primavera side since 2017. In that time he has lead a talented squad to the finals of both the Viareggio Cup and of the Campionato Primavera in 2018. This season, the side sit third in Primavera 1, and hold a 2-0 lead over Torino going into the second leg of the Coppa Italia Primavera final.