Serie A's crazy managerial merry-go-round - Who will be next for the sack?

Chloe Beresford by Chloe Beresford / 16 November 2018, 15:27

The managerial merry-go-round has been crazier than ever in Italy this season, with the smaller teams hiring, firing and re-hiring every time the wind changes.

What follows is a look at some of those changes, as well as a look at who might be next to face the axe.

Chievo Verona

Chievo have faced a miserable start to the campaign as a three-point deduction before it began started them off on the wrong foot in the race to avoid relegation.

After replacing long-term boss Rolando Maran by promoting replacement Lorenzo D’Anna from within during the summer, the new man was inevitably fired after he picked up just two points in the opening eight matches of the campaign.

The hierarchy at the Verona-based club then thought it wise to appoint inept former Italy boss Giampiero Ventura, who gained one point in four matches before quitting his position.

“At the final whistle, the Coach told me he would communicate his decision to the players. I urged him to wait and count to 10 first,” Chievo director Carlo Romairone confessed to Sky Italia. “The disappointment of the Coach emerged in the heat of the moment.

 

Genoa

Genoa have continued their frenetic approach to appointing and firing managers this season. Davide Ballardini had made the side much more solid defensively in the final part of 2017/18, his third spell in charge of the Grifone looking to be a successful one. However, owner Enrico Preziosi was quick to change his mind at the beginning of the new campaign, replacing him with Ivan Juric on October 9th.

In the 2016/17 campaign, the Croatian was hired twice after being fired in February and reinstated in April of that year. His reign lasted until November of the following season, and now Preziosi has hired him once again. The situation at a club with such a proud history is now bordering on the ridiculous as the owner is said to be considering sacking Juric once again as the Coach faces a derby fixture with Sampdoria after the international break.

“It seems to me that the style of play has been good, then he [Juric] knows very well that we and him are tied to the results,” the Grifone owner admitted to reporters recently.

“I only hope he can redeem himself, he has an important test in the shape of the derby and it’s clear that it’s an important game for us.”

Pippo Inzaghi

Having earned just 10 points from his opening 12 matches for Bologna, former star striker Pippo Inzaghi is still facing reports that he could be about to face the sack. Hovering dangerously above the relegation zone, the Rossoblu have scored just 11 goals from their opening matches, a worrying trend indeed.

Local newspapers have criticised the boss for failing to either accept the blame for the side’s performances or point the finger at the players. Tough fixtures at home to Fiorentina and away to Sampdoria await him, and in all honesty, the situation doesn’t look good.

Massimo Longo

After securing just seven points from twelve matches since earning promotion to Serie A last summer, Frosinone are prime candidates to drop straight back down to the second tier come the end of the season.

Coach Moreno Longo is in a job for now, having been declared as “almost untouchable” by owner Maurizio Stirpe on October 30. “Almost” is the key word here, and it’s likely that there will be a change on the Canarini bench sooner rather than later.

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