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 By Ben Gladwell

Bortolo Mutti surprised to replace Christian Panucci at Livorno

Bortolo Mutti, Christian Panucci
Bortolo Mutti worked with Christian Panucci at Palermo in the 2011-12 season.

Bortolo Mutti says he was surprised to be asked to take over at Italian Serie B club Livorno after Christian Panucci was dismissed on Wednesday.

Panucci paid the price for his side's poor recent form, which culminated in a 1-0 defeat to Bari at the weekend.

He will be replaced by Mutti, who has been out of work for almost two years, since being fired by Padova in February 2014.

"The call was unexpected," Mutti, 61, said. "I thought it was a call just to sound me out to see if I might be available,...

 By Ben Gladwell

Christian Panucci appointed head coach of Serie B side Livorno

Panucci spent eight years at Roma as a player
Christian Panucci played for the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan.

Christian Panucci has been given his first head coach role by Serie B club Livorno.

Since hanging up his boots in 2010, Panucci, who played for the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan, had been working as sporting director at Palermo -- resigning after just one month -- and as assistant to Russia boss Fabio Capello.

That role with Capello ended acrimoniously, with Panucci branding the Italian "a disgrace" for just standing and watching as his contract was not renewed last summer. Panucci...

 By PA Sport

Juventus win appeal over Chelsea compensation for Adrian Mutu

Adrian Mutu scored 10 goals in 33 appearances for Juventus.
Adrian Mutu signed for Juventus in 2005 after he was released by Chelsea.

Juventus have claimed they will not have to pay Chelsea compensation in the Adrian Mutu case after having an appeal upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Governing body FIFA ruled in 2013 that Juventus and Livorno had to contribute some of the 14 million pounds owed by Mutu to Chelsea for a breach of contract.

The London club released Mutu in 2004 following the Romanian striker's positive drug test and sought compensation, which they were granted by FIFA in 2013.

Mutu joined Juve after...

Livorno's Paulinho tracked by Stoke

Paulinho scored 15 Serie A goals in 35 matches for Livorno last season.

Stoke City are one of a number of English sides interested in Livorno striker Paulinho, according to the Italian club's president.

Mark Hughes' side have already been busy in the transfer market this summer, completing deals to sign Mame Biram Diouf, Dionatan Teixeira, Phil Bardsley and Steve Sidwell.

And Livorno chief Aldo Spinelli says the Potters are also looking at the option of bringing in...

Livorno sack Di Carlo, re-hire Nicola

Relegation-threatened Livorno have sacked Domenico Di Carlo after just 88 days in charge and re-appointed Davide Nicola, who was axed from the post in January.

Di Carlo became the third manager to be sacked by Livorno this season.

Livorno made the decision just hours after a 3-0 defeat at AC Milan on Saturday, which leaves them three points from safety.

Di Carlo, a former Livorno player, had seen his side take just one point from their previous six games.

"Livorno officially announce...