Carlo Ancelotti and four other new managers to look out for in Serie A next seasonby Chloe Beresford / 17 July 2018, 15:45Tweet
The World Cup may be over, but there’s still plenty to look forward to in Serie A when the season resumes in a month’s time. There have been a number of managerial changes in the league while the action in Russia was ongoing, all of which are recapped below.
Napoli - Carlo Ancelotti
Undoubtedly the highest profile appointment of the summer, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis brought in a man with a proven track record in Carlo Ancelotti, after his relationship with Maurizio Sarri turned sour.
While the former boss took the side to the brink of ending the dominance of Juventus in the league, he ultimately left the post without having acquired any silverware, and Ancelotti should be seen as the perfect antidote to an empty trophy cabinet.
The 59-year-old comes with a stunning pedigree, having won league titles in Italy, England, France and Germany and lifted the Champions League trophy twice with AC Milan as well as once with Real Madrid. Napoli’s rivals Juve may have signed Cristiano Ronaldo, however Naples-born winger Lorenzo Insigne doesn’t seem to worried.
“Are we still Juve’s main challengers? Yes, because as the President says Ancelotti is our best signing,” the Italian international told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Don’t forget that this is a very strong group that has already done well.”
Bologna - Pippo Inzaghi
Bologna felt that they had stagnated under former boss Roberto Donadoni, having finished in mid-table in each of the three seasons in charge of the club. Following his sacking, the Rossoblu opted to appoint Pippo Inzaghi, the former AC Milan man having overseen promotion to Serie B at Venezia followed by a fifth-placed finish that saw the Arancioneroverdi reach the playoffs.
It will be interesting to see how the Coach will fare in Serie A as he will not only face his brother Simone – who is currently in charge at Lazio – but will have a chance to prove that his failed stint in the Milan hotseat was a product of circumstance rather than as a result of his own lack of ability.
Bologna name Filippo Inzaghi as their new manager. pic.twitter.com/QgIiIkrP5i— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) June 13, 2018
Cagliari - Rolando Maran
Rolando Maran steered Chievo to consistent mediocrity during his four years in charge, the Flying Donkeys’ hierarchy finally losing their patience when they flirted with relegation this summer.
The Coach has now taken up a role in Sardinia with Cagliari after their former boss Diego Lopez left the club when his contract expired at the end of last term. The latter moved on to Uruguay with Penarol, and his successor Maran will be expected to keep Cagliari away from the relegation battle in 2018/19.
Sassuolo - Roberto De Zerbi
After a rough start to life without Eusebio Di Francesco at the beginning of last season, Sassuolo steadied the ship when they brought in Beppe Iachini in November, the reliable boss having earned a credible 10th placed finish. Yet the Neroverdi owners clearly wanted to move the club in a different direction for the forthcoming campaign and appointed former Benevento boss Roberto De Zerbi in his place.
However, the new man will not be allowed to take his place on the bench until October, given that shortly after his appointment with Sassuolo the FIGC announced he would be banned for three months. This was part of Foggia’s punishment for financial irregularities in 2015/16, during which time De Zerbi was in charge of the club.
Roberto De Zerbi è il nuovo tecnico del #Sassuolo. Un caloroso benvenuto a Mister De Zerbi da parte di tutto il Sassuolo Calcio! Buon lavoro Mister! https://t.co/cGNIvKQbw9 #ForzaSasol pic.twitter.com/3SoqovUc0w— U.S. Sassuolo (@SassuoloUS) June 13, 2018
Udinese - Julio Velazquez
Udinese have taken an unusual direction in appointing a new boss after it was decided not to keep Igor Tudor on following a brief spell on the bench at the end of last season. 36-year-old Spaniard Julio Velazquez is the latest to be hired by the Pozzo family having narrowly avoided relegation with Segunda B side Alcorcon.
“I chose Udinese because this is a club with a great history,” revealed the new man.
“The Pozzo family have shown huge faith in me and that helped me buy into their plans. I want my team to boss games and produce attractive football without forgetting the need for results.”