Pescara coach Giovanni Stroppa resigns after loss


SIENA, Italy (AP) -- Pescara coach Giovanni Stroppa has resigned following a 1-0 loss at Siena in Serie A, leaving the club one point above the relegation zone.

Pescara sporting director Daniele Delli Carri made the announcement, saying that the move was unexpected and that there were no plans to fire Stroppa.

Stroppa took over Pescara during the offseason when Zdenek Zeman signed with Roma. Zeman guided Pescara to the Serie B title last season.

A replacement was not immediately announced.

After Francesco Valiani gave Siena the lead in the 31st minute Sunday, Pescara's Croatian forward, Ante Vukusic, had a penalty shot blocked by Siena's goalkeeper in the 44th and Pescara finished the match with nine men.