Cagliari sack Diego Lopez

Cagliari Calcio head coach Diego Lopez sits on the bench during the Serie A match between Torino FC and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on March 30, 2014
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Cagliari sack manager Diego Lopez after their 3-1 defeat against Roma on Sunday afternoon.

Cagliari have sacked manager Diego Lopez after falling to a fourth defeat from their past five league games.

The Sardinians were beaten 3-1 by Roma on Sunday afternoon in what proved to be Lopez's last game in charge.

"The necessity to shake up the team in this final stage of the season to achieve the objective of safety made a change of management indispensable," read a statement on the club's website.

"This decision is very painful, as Lopez has proved himself as a professional and a man, and in the past as a symbol and captain of the squad.

"The club thanks the coach for his work and wishes him all the best for his future endeavours."

Cagliari are currently 15th in the Serie A table and stand five points above the relegation zone.

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