Nicola was first fired by Salernitana in January after 11 months in the hot seat. However, just 48 hours later, this strategist was re-appointed by Salernitana after he spoke with the club president.
However, after Salernitana lost three of the four Serie A matches since then, coach Nicola was sacked again. His replacement to lead Salernitana is former Leicester captain Paulo Sousa.
On social media, Nicola explained the conversation with president Danilo Iervolino last month. He wrote: “I will tell you the truth. I received a call from the president Iervolino yesterday. With his friendliness he explained to me the reason for my dismissal, it was because of the terrible defeat against Atalanta in Bergamo. I apologize and accept responsibility for the poor performance that led to that heavy defeat. I believe in this team and the players.”
First appointed last February, coach Nicola spent 34 games in charge of Salernitana, before losing his job when the club lost 2-8 to Atalanta. Salernitana had finished bottom of the Serie A table when Nicola first arrived, but his presence helped the team to successfully relegate, 1 point above the relegation group.
Currently, Salernitana is ranked 16th in Serie A 2022/23 with 21 points, 4 points above the relegation group. Their goal this season is, of course, to continue to stay with the highest playing field in Italy.
The first challenge for the new coach Sousa will be the reception of Lazio on February 19.