BUCHAREST: The former Brazil international Ze Maria has suffered the indignity of being sacked by the same club twice within the space of a week.

Ze Maria was first fired by struggling Romanian club Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt last Wednesday, after a dismal run of results left the club third-bottom of the Romanian Liga 1 some six points adrift of safety.

However, the club’s controversial owner Angelo Massone then decided to reinstate Ze Maria the following day after deciding that the coaching staff deserved another chance at beating the drop.

Ceahlaul lost their next game 2-0 against FC Botosani on Saturday, prompting Massone to fire Ze Maria once again – this time permanently, and bringing in Serb Vanya Radinovic as his successor.

That’s now four coaches (five including Ze Mari’s two dimissals) so far this season for Ceahlaul, with 27 games played.

Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt owner Massone is no stranger to controversy. When in charge of Livingston, he took the Scottish club to the brink of liquidation before agreeing to sell his shares to a fan-backed consortium.

The club was saved but the Scottish Football League demoted Livingston to the Third Division. A breach of rules on insolvency by the previous owners was the main reason behind the decision.