Messina have sacked coach Bruno Giordano for the second time this season.
The decision came after the side’s 3-1 defeat to Sampdoria on Saturday, which leaves the club eight points adrift of safety in Serie A.
Giordano was first dismissed at the end of January but was reinstated afyer his successor, Alberto Cavasin failed to impress in his first eight games.
However, with four defeats out of four since he returned, Giordano’s spell back at Messina has lasted just three weeks.
Veteran coach Bruno Bolchi has been installed as caretaker manager until the end of the season.
“I couldn’t say no to Messina,” Bolchi told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“It’s not only a professional thing: had there been a different situation, I would have considered returning many times in the past.
“More than escaping relegation, this is a matter of men’s dignity. These players must show me they are real men.”
Messina escaped relegation last season when Juventus were relegated following the match-fixing trial.