Serie A braced for a mass managerial merry-go-round this summer

Chloe Beresford by Chloe Beresford / 30 May 2019, 15:21

As Inter announced the expected news that they would not be continuing with current boss Luciano Spalletti, they joined neighbours AC Milan as well as AS Roma and Juventus in a large group of top Serie A clubs who are all without a Coach for next season.

Former Rossoneri boss Gennaro Gattuso had pretty much reached the limit of his abilities by achieving a 5th place finish with Milan, Claudio Ranieri had done well in a short stint back at his beloved Roma but the job was always going to be temporary, while Juve had their eyes on the Champions League with a tough but necessary exit for Max Allegri.

It has been well documented that Antonio Conte is due to end his year's sabbatical when he takes over at Inter, but the other three teams are still in the market for a new boss.

Not only will this have a domino effect on the rest of the Serie A sides – and indeed across Europe – but it will mean that the Italian football landscape looks very different as the 2019/20 campaign begins.

Only Atalanta and Napoli from last season’s top six look set to continue with Gian Piero Gasperini and Carlo Ancelotti respectively, the former man having committed his future to La Dea after signing a contract until 2022.

Further down the table is expected to bring more managerial changes however, as a number of sides look likely to undergo a revamp.

After some extremely solid work at Lazio, Simone Inzaghi has been discussed as a potential successor to Gattuso at Milan. He may have been under his brother Pippo’s shadow as a player, however is much more adept in a coaching role than his more famous sibling.

“For me, he remains with us,” revealed Lazio president Claudio Lotito to the Corriere dello Sport newspaper before the end of the season.

“On my part there is nothing but affection and trust, we have a great relationship and I don’t want him to leave. Then again, I don’t know what he wants to do, but he has always treated me with affection.”

Yet after winning the Coppa Italia this season, Inzaghi may be ready for a step up, and as yet has made no progress with Lazio in talks to extend his contract beyond the one year that remains.

Milan have also been linked with Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo, with the possibility of a “job swap” as Gattuso makes a move in the opposite direction. It’s likely that Samp will have a vacancy this summer as their Coach didn’t seem very keen to continue following a 2-0 victory over Juventus on the final day of the campaign.

“I’ll meet the President tomorrow to talk about my future,” Giampaolo told Sky Italia after that match.

“I’ve already had a chat with sporting director Carlo Osti, but I still don’t know the likelihood of me staying here.”

Bologna and SPAL could lose Sinisa Mihajlovic and Leonardo Semplici respectively, after both bosses exceeded expectations this season, while Fiorentina are expected to be subject to a takeover from Italian-American businessman Rocco Commisso.

They had appointed Vincenzo Montella to replace Stefano Pioli late on in the campaign, however the ex-Sevilla Coach managed only two draws and five defeats in the seven league games following his return to the club. The circumstances were always against him, but that won’t stop a potential new management team from coming in with their own ideas that don’t include him.

With so much still to be decided in Serie A, there is still going to be plenty of drama before next season begins as the managerial merry-go-round is turned up to full speed.

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