Thiago Motta to become Bologna coach following Mihajlovic sacking

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Thiago Motta will take over as Bologna's head coach following the dismissal of Sinisa Mihajlovic, the club's chief executive has revealed.

Having led the club to a winless start to the Serie A season, taking three points from five games, Mihajlovic was relieved of his duties on Tuesday.

Mihajlovic took charge of the Rossoblu in January 2019, continuing in his role despite a leukaemia diagnosis in July 2019.

While youth coach Luca Vigiani will take the reins for Sunday's Serie A meeting with Fiorentina, it is former Barcelona, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Motta who will take permanent charge next week.

On Saturday, chief executive Claudio Fenucci said: "I wanted to tell you that the coach of the first team from Monday onwards will be Thiago Motta.

"We are defining the last contractual aspects but now I can give it official status."

Motta, who won 30 senior caps for Italy during his playing career, took over PSG's under-19 side in 2018, and has since coached Genoa and Spezia, leading the latter to a 16th-placed finish in Serie A last season.