Serie B club Brescia face the unlikely prospect of playing their league match on Tuesday without their manager - as nobody knows where he has gone.

Following a narrow 2-1 defeat to Crotone on Saturday, the players turned up for training on Sunday, but their manager was nowhere to be seen, something which happened again on Monday.

Saturday's defeat was the first of the season, following a win and three draws, but their start will not be deemed poor enough to spark this kind of reaction - Marco Giampaolo has had his phone switched off and not contacted anyone at the club.

Eurosport suggests that the 46-year-old held talks with a group representing the supporters following the defeat, which may lead to clues of his disappearance.

Club President Gino Corioni stated: "I’m hopeful that Giampaolo will return. I want to hear what serious matter has occurred for him to react in this way.

“He’s not answering to anyone and I don’t know what is going on in his head right now. Perhaps he is a bit tired, but we will wait for him."

The Rondinelle face Carpi on Tuesday evening, where his assistants will take charge of proceedings, barring a comeback from the boss sometime today.

The club insist they are not looking for a replacement boss, and "underline their total faith in the work of the coach.”

The Italian coach has had previous spells at Siena, Cagliari, Catania, and Cesena, and has no previous record of this kind of action.

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