Zeman exits Cagliari again

The 67-year-old became the club’s manager for the second time this season last month, succeeding Gianfranco Zola, who spent less than three months in charge following a miserable run of results. Zola replaced Zeman at the helm of the Sardinian outfit during the winter break.

The club’s plight continued with Zeman at the helm and the relegation-threatened side suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Napoli on Sunday, before Zeman made the decision to resign.

A statement on Cagliari’s official website on Tuesday morning read: “Cagliari Calcio announces that Zdenek Zeman has today resigned from his post as head coach of the first team.

“The coach Zeman and his staff go with thanks for the work done and best wishes for the rest of his career.”

The Rossoblu remain winless from their last 11 league games, nine points from safety in 19th place with their last victory coming from a 2-1 defeat of Sassuolo at Stadio Sant’Elia on January 24.

Zeman was appointed by new president Tommaso Giulini in what was to be “the first step of this new Cagliari” last June but the recent results have brought unwanted attention from ultras who have clashed with players of the club.

Ahead of Sunday’s match with Napoli, there was a reported face-off between a group of ultras and the team, while Zeman claimed on unionesarda.it that the incident caused the “players (to be) shocked and episodes (like) that are not good for the environment”.

The Czech coach has now taken responsibility to call an end to his second stint in charge and was quoted in Gazzetta dello Sport as saying: “I gave it my all. Now it is right that everyone takes his responsibilities. Resigning, I do my part.”