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Mazzarri steps down at Torino after heavy defeats

Torino FC v Genoa CFC - Coppa Italia

TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 09: Torino FC head coach Walter Mazzari looks on during the Coppa Italia match between Torino FC and Genoa CFC at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on January 9, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

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TURIN, Italy -- Walter Mazzarri stepped down as Torino coach on Tuesday after his club conceded 11 goals over its last two matches, and Moreno Longo was hired as his replacement.

After an embarrassing 7-0 rout at home by Atalanta, Torino lost 4-0 at relegation-threatened Lecce on Sunday to stretch its losing streak to three games.

“President Urbano Cairo and coach Walter Mazzarri, after a thorough analysis of the current situation, have decided to end their professional relationship,” the club said in a statement. “Torino Football Club announces therefore the consensual resolution of Walter Mazzarri’s contract.”

Longo is a former Torino player and youth squad coach who also coached Pro Vercelli and Frosinone.

Torino is in 12th place in Serie A, 11 points above the relegation zone.

Formerly at Watford, Mazzarri took over at Torino midway through last season.