Afriyie Acquah has speculated that Empoli's decision to fire Aurelio Andreazzoli in the middle of the season could be attributed to the club's poor form in the Serie A.
However, Andreazzoli was said to have been recalled in March to replace his then successor Giuseppe Lachini.
The 65-year-old manager was initially sent packing in November 2018 after managing to secure a lone win from 11 matches played; this came after their shocking 5-1 defeat to Napoli.
Andreazzoli led Empoli to the Serie B title and promotion but the club have struggled on their return to the top flight.
With four matches to the end of the season, Empoli are third bottom on the table- four points away from safety.
''The decision to sack Andreazzoli did affect us a lot because we had to now adapt to a new system,'' Acquah told Football Italia.
''I enjoy playing under him because his demands are based on possession and a lot of movement and that brought out the best in me.''
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