GENOA, Italy (AP) — Genoa has hired German coach Alexander Blessin to replace the fired Andriy Shevchenko. The 48-year-old Blessin has signed a contract until 2024 after Genoa paid his release clause from Belgian soccer club Oostende. Blessin also previously coached the youth teams at Leipzig. Shevchenko had also signed a contract until June 2024 when he took over two months ago. Genoa is in penultimate place in the Serie A standings, six points from safety.