The Italian coach took over the Grifone in January and led Italy’s oldest football club out of the relegation zone, achieving salvation late in the season and a 17th place finish.
His heroics have again gone unnoticed by Genoa president Enrico Preziosi as he is willing to let the coach’s contract run out at the end of June. This has led numerous supporters to questions Preziosi’s running of the club.
It seems a rift between the two men has emerged, possibly over the direction of the club and the team’s transfer policy, and is likely the reason Ballardini was let go after performing the same feat in 2010/11.
“Ballardini? We will not meet ever again,” Preziosi said when recently interviewed by Telenord.
“Maybe I’ve done that and we’ve said goodbye. I’m busy on other things, I’m sorry if I decided not to mention there’s a reason.
“Meanwhile, eleven names have already come out.”
Ballardini has achieved a great deal of success as a coach in his career, despite winning the Supercoppa Italiana with Lazio in 2009. Other than that trophy, Ballardini has spent much of his time with the struggling clubs in Serie A.