Relegation is a bitter experience for fans of any club, but when that relegation transpires because of events off the pitch it makes the experience evermore distasteful.
After letting the lead slip at home to fellow basement dwellers Latina at the weekend Pisa’s season of torment continued. Yet it was to get even worse, when news broke on Monday evening that the club would be deducted three points as a result of financial irregularities. This along with the one point taken from them earlier in the campaign has had the knock-on effect of seeing them drop into the bottom three relegation positions.
Even though the season as a whole has not been one to write home about, the fact that they may end up dropping into Lega Pro thanks to financial matters has seen fan unrest bubble to the surface. As for manager Gennaro Gattuso, well he has shown tremendous loyalty to the club (Barring one little hic-cup). Well known for his somewhat volatile personality, Gattuso’s steadfastness in the face of adversity may in the end be the saving grace for the Tuscans as they look to somehow secure another year of Serie B football.
Staying with matters down the bottom and Trapani. Not too long ago the Sicilians fate looked all but sealed. Devoid of ideas going forward and leaking at the back the Granata were a sinking ship. Yet move on to the present and while not yet on an even kilter many of the holes that sprung a leak have been plugged.
Evidenced by perhaps the most surprising result of the season so far, a 4-0 home win over Bari. While the Galletti were an embarrassment it should not take away from Trapani’s display as they simple tore the play-off hopefuls apart. Now within touching distance of salvation, the scent is in their nostrils and they are gunning for those above.
Meanwhile towards the top, Benevento’s wretched run of form has seen them fall from the title race. No wins in five has seen the Stregoni go from looking at the summit to falling into the clutches of fifth place Perugia, who indeed defeated them on Friday night. As for those who are battling right at the very top, SPAL and Frosinone continue to occupy the two automatic promotion spots, with third place Verona clinging to their coattails. But with still 11 matches to be played and only four points separating the top three many more twists and turns are sure to follow.
Cittadella’s 2-1 away defeat against Ascoli sees them drop out of the play-off positions for the first time this season and with the way the campaign has been going for them it is unlikely that they will return. As for the table, as a whole it has split itself nicely into two distinct sections. Those from 1-11 can all legitimately believe that promotion is still a realistic goal, while those from 12-22 all very much remain within the clutches of the jaws of relegation.
After sacking Cristian Brocchi, Bresica have decided to bring in Luigi Cagni as his replacement. The veteran tactician has looked a relic of a by-gone age in his last dew roles, does he have what it takes to keep the club up?
No wins in five including three defeats can the inexperienced Benevento outfit turn things around or has their fairy tale story finally had its bubble burst.
How did Bari lose 4-0 to Trapani? Anyone
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Week 31 Results:
Perugia 3-1 Benevento, Trapani 4-0 Bari, Ascoli 2-1 Cittadella, Pro Vercelli 1-1 Hellas Verona, Pisa 1-1 Latina, Avellino 1-1 Novara, Carpi 1-4 SPAL, Brescia 1-1 Spezia, Frosinone 3-1 Vicenza, Cesena 1-0 Ternana, Virtus Entella 0-1 Salernitana