Ex-Premier League manager sacked but has deal extended in odd contract loophole

Ex-Premier League manager Walter Mazzarri has been sacked by Serie A outfit Cagliari but looks to have also had his deal extended due to a bizarre contract loophole.

The Italian gaffer, 60, was relieved of his duties on Monday with the club sitting just two points shy of the relegation zone in 17th. Cagliari released a one-sentence statement confirming the departure: "Cagliari Calcio announces that it has relieved Walter Mazzarri from his post as first-team coach."

However, in the wake of his dismissal, a new contract stipulation has come to light which means the former Watford boss could now be set to extend his stay in Sardinia.

Italian outlet SportItalia suggest the sacking has triggered a contract extension until 2024 as Mazzarri is unable to be axed unless the club are in the relegation zone. The Islanders are just outside the bottom three with four matches remaining of the Serie A season but 18th-placed Salernitana do have a game in hand.

The two sides will also meet for a crunch clash on Sunday (May 8th) but it is unclear as of yet if the 60-year-old will be in the dugout.

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It's reported the contract extension Mazzarri penned in September included a bizarre clause that stated he would have his contract extended until 2024 if he were dismissed as manager whilst the club were outside the relegation zone.

Mazzarri is now set to go on gardening leave until the matter is resolved. Although the Italian can expect to receive a significant pay-off from Cagliari to ensure the dismissal is genuine.

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