Cagliari have axed coach Massimo Ficcadenti and replaced him with former player Ivo Pulga.

Ficcadenti, 44, was previously sacked in November of last year only to be restored to the Cagliari bench in March but there is unlikely to be any way back this time with the team bottom of Serie A.

His replacement Pulga has no management experience although the 48-year-old did play for the Rossoblu for six years from 1985 to 1991.

He is joined in the dugout by a new assistant coach in Diego Lopez and the pair took charge of training on Tuesday before being officially appointed on Wednesday.

Cagliari are currently winless six games into the Italian league season and Sunday's 2-1 home defeat to Pescara was enough to see Ficcadenti removed from his position.

A statement on cagliaricalcio.net read: "We can confirm the end of the working relationship between Massimo Ficcadenti and the club.

"He deserves our thanks for what he did for Cagliari Calcio.

"Preparation has now begun for our game at Torino on Sunday, and today's

training session was directed by our new coach Ivo Pulga and his staff.

"Diego Lopez will act as his deputy and he will also be assisted by goalkeeping coach Nico Facciolo and Luigi Corellas.