Five Serie A managers to look out for in 2019/20by Chloe Beresford / 21 August 2019, 09:22Tweet
It's been a busy summer over in Serie A with a number of high-profile managerial appointments taking place.
Without further ado here are five head coaches to keep an eye on during the new campaign, which kicks-off this weekend...
While there is currently some concern for the new Juventus boss after being diagnosed with pneumonia just days before the start of the Serie A season, it is to be hoped that the Coach can make a quick and full recovery in order to build upon the success he found in his debut Premier League campaign with Chelsea.
READ: Serie A 2019/20 Preview: Antonio Conte can lead Inter Milan to the Scudetto
Achieving a third-place finish and winning the Europa League was a fantastic accomplishment for the 60-year-old, but now it is time to show and prove that he can continue with and improve on the recent success of the Old Lady.
Under Antonio Conte and Max Allegri, Juve have won the past eight consecutive league titles and reached two Champions League finals, and Sarri has been handed the task of attempting to make the most of Cristiano Ronaldo and bring home the trophy in the latter competition.
It will not be easy to implement his complex system quickly, but it will be very interesting to see how he goes about making it work. Sarri will be under pressure from the get-go, but can he prove his doubters wrong once again?
Juventus have confirmed that Maurizio Sarri has been diagnosed with Pneumonia.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) August 19, 2019
Our thoughts go out to him and hope to see him in the dugout at Juve again very soon. pic.twitter.com/Ktiyq2PvWp
Fresh from a year away from football, Antonio Conte will be revved up and ready to challenge his former side Juventus to the Serie A title with new club Inter. The changes at Juve have given the chasing pack a glimmer of hope for this season, and with the signing of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez another potential arrival, there genuinely could be a new winner of Serie A by the end of the campaign.
"It seems the ideal time for Antonio Conte – the former Juventus manager – to take advantage and channel his bombastic nature into propelling Inter to their first title since 2009/10."@ChloeJBeresford delivers her Serie A predictions ahead of the new season ????????— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) August 19, 2019
After having taken over from the utterly inept Pippo Inzaghi and completely reversed Bologna’s fortunes last term, supporters were excited that Sinisa Mihajlovic had committed to the club for another year earlier this summer.
Yet events were set to take a distressing turn as the popular Coach revealed he had been diagnosed with Leukemia. Anyone who saw the 50-year-old during his playing career will understand that he has never turned his back on a fight, and true to form, the Serbian has vowed to continue to manage the team while his treatment is ongoing.
"I will win this battle."— Bologna FC 1909 (@BolognaFC1909en) July 13, 2019
Forza Sinisa pic.twitter.com/bcA5xQycn1
Mihajlovic has issued team talks and viewed friendly matches and training sessions via live streaming technology, and his assistant has assured that the arrangement is working well.
“We hear from him constantly and he’s more combative than ever,” assured Emilio De Leo in a Press conference.
“We have always discussed the starting XI anyway, even more so nowadays. Obviously, the final decision is down to him.”
After failed spells at Sevilla, AC Milan and Sampdoria, Vincenzo Montella is back in charge at the only place he has found genuine success as a Coach in the past - Fiorentina.
Last season, he was brought in on April 10th to replace Stefano Pioli, however he failed to win any of the remaining matches as the Viola narrowly escaped relegation.
Many expected a change of ownership this summer to mean a change of manager, however US magnate Rocco Commisso has kept Montella in position, and has even reunited him with former sporting director Daniele Prade in order to build a team that is suited to his style.
With this in mind, the boss is under even more pressure, not only as this is probably his last chance to prove he has what it takes as a Coach, but because he has no excuse after being backed to the hilt.
After having fired Eusebio Di Francesco and allowed veteran Claudio Ranieri to see out the season at AS Roma, the powers that be opted for a complete change of direction as they brought in a man with no previous Serie A experience. Paulo Fonseca joined the Giallorossi from Shakhtar Donetsk, having previously only taken charge of sides in his native Portugal.
It will be interesting to see how he fares in the pressure cooker of Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with owner James Pallotta ready and willing to wield the axe should he fail to deliver the necessary results.