Brescia coach Marco Giampaolo has gone missing for two days following the club's 2-1 defeat to Crotone in Serie B.
Giampaolo failed to take part in training on Sunday and Monday, has reportedly switched off his mobile phone and will not be in the dugout for Brescia's clash against Carpi on Tuesday, leaving assistant coach Fabio Micarelli in charge.
“Brescia, taking into consideration the temporary absence from training of coach Marco Giampaolo, have placed his assistants in charge of technical matters, in the hope that Giampaolo returns as soon as possible,” read a club statement. “The club underline their total faith in the work of the coach and the total satisfaction of the team, the president and all of the directors.”
Giampaolo only took charge of the club in July but has had a disappointing start to the season, with his side languishing in mid-table, picking up six points from their opening five games. Nevertheless, the club's president, Gino Corioni, still has faith in his coach.
“I’m hopeful that Giampaolo will return,” Corioni said. “I want to hear what serious matter has occurred for him to react in this way.
“He’s not answering to anyone and I don’t know what is going on in his head right now. Perhaps he is a bit tired, but we will wait for him."
Former Italy Under-21 coach Devis Mangia has been linked with the job recently, but Corioni insisted there had been no approach for him or any other bosses, adding: “We’ve contacted no other coaches.”