By Chris Wright
As far as football management goes, getting sacked twice in a week is tough going. Getting sacked by the same club twice in one week displays nigh-on godly levels of incompetence.
That’s where we pick up the tale of former Brazil international and Inter Milan full-back Ze Maria, who has received not one but two P45s from struggling Romanian club Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt over the course of the past few days.
Ze Maria was first fired last Wednesday after a dismal run of results left Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt third-bottom of the Romanian Liga 1 some six points adrift of safety.
However, the club’s “flamboyant” owner Angelo Massone then decided to reinstate Ze Maria the very next day after subsequently deciding that the coaching staff deserved another chance at beating the drop.
Ceahlaul duly lost their next game 2-0 against FC Botosani on Saturday, leading Massone to fire Ze Maria once again – this time for good, swiftly bringing in Serbian coach Vanya Radinovic as his replacement.
That’s now four coaches (five if you count Ze Maria twice) so far this season for Ceahlaul, with just 27 games played.
Fun, fun, fun in the Romanian top flight!
Incidentally, if Massone’s name sounds familiar to you, it may be because he’s the very same bloke who once brought Scottish side Livingston to the brink of implosion several years ago – eventually being hounded out of the club amid allegations of double-dealing, creaming off profits and various other forms of corruption.
We think you probably get the picture.