Former Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has been sacked by Serie A club Cagliari while extending his contract by two years.
A bizarre clause in his deal means he will remain employed at the Italian club until 2024 despite being sacked from his position.
A brief statement from the club read: “Cagliari Calcio announce that it has relieved Walter Mazzarri of his post as first-team coach.”
After announcing his sacking, Italian media reported that Mazzarri was eligible for a two-year contract extension as Cagliari was not in the last three.
He signed a new contract with the club in September which said he would be entitled to two more years of employment if Cagliari got rid of him when the side were outside the relegation zone.
However, the club could still decide to cash him out to ensure he’s off their books.
They lost 2-1 to Verona in Mazzarri’s last game on Saturday.
However, Salernitana’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta meant Cagliari remain outside the last three – despite Salernitana still having one game in hand.
Cagliari are two points above the relegation zone with three Serie A games to go.
They take on Salernitana in a relegation six on Sunday – with youth squad coach Alessandro Agostini set to take charge of the squad without a manager.
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The last two games of the season are then played by the title chaser Inter Milan and the bottom of the table Venezia.
Mazzarri was in charge of Watford in the 2016/17 Premier League season in which they finished 17th and narrowly avoided relegation before the Italian manager was sacked.
He has also managed Sampdoria, Napoli and Inter Milan.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5256038/watford-manager-walter-mazzarri-sacked-cagliari/ Former Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has been sacked by Cagliari but a lapse means he has also extended his contract at the same time