Walter Mazzarri sacked by Cagliari, but has contract extended in bizarre renewal
A really bizarre contact clause
Walter Mazzarri has been sacked by Cagliari, however due to a bizarre clause in his contract, has also had his deal extended until 2024.
Reports in Italy have said that Mazzarri has been relieved of his duties with just three games of the Serie A season as Cagliari fight to avoid the drop.
Walter Mazzarri is set to be fired from Cagliari…whilst having his contract renewed.
Mazzarri signed a contract in September which was subject to a clause: if he is sacked while his team is outside of the relegation zone, his contract will be extended until June 2024. pic.twitter.com/2YMqLcGNnE
— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) May 2, 2022
The club themselves have yet to officially confirm the former Watford and Inter Milan tactician's departure, but the Sardinians already reportedly have his replacement sounded out, with Primavera coach Alessandro Agostini the favoured candidate to take over.
Mazzarri only signed a new deal in September, 2021
Walter Mazzarri only signed a new deal back in September 2021. However, it emerged that there was a clause inserted into his contract to compensate for certain events that could occur.
As per Sport Italia, although the 60-year-old has been sacked, the clause stated that he will have his contracted extended until 2024 should he be relinquished of his duties while Cagliari were not in the bottom three. They stated:
'Cagliari excuses Mazzarri but, paradoxically, extends the contract until 2024. With the sacking and the team not in the last three [relegation] positions, the renewal clause is activated. For the position, the only [Caligari] solution is Agostini'
⚠️ CAGLIARI, ESONERO E RINNOVO PER MAZZARRI
Il #Cagliari esonera #Mazzarri ma nel paradosso del mercato gli prolunga il contratto fino al 2024. Con l'esonero e la squadra non nelle ultime tre posizioni si attiva il rinnovo. Per la panchina, l'unica soluzione è #Agostini
— Sportitalia (@tvdellosport) May 2, 2022
It seems unlikely that Mazzarri will return to the dugout despite the renewal and the experienced coach is likely to receiving a huge pay-out, but stranger things have happened.
Cagliari are currently sitting just above the relegation zone and have three games of their season remaining. They face Salernitana, Inter Milan and Venezia - two of those three are also embroiled in the relegation battle with Cagliari.
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