The Serie A managerial mery-go-round has started even earlier this summer, with three of the top five sides in Italy parting ways with their managers, just weeks after the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
Max Allegri brings to an end his five year term with Italy’s dominant force, Juventus, whilst Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has been fired, despite securing a top four finish.
However, former AS Roma boss Spalletti will not be the only managerial change at the San Siro this summer, with rivals AC Milan having already dispensed with head coach Gennaro Gattuso.
Gattuso’s exit from the Rossoneri was a mixture of sacking and falling on his sword, with the club wary of a PR disaster by sacking a club legend, but Gattuso was well aware that he had failed in his mission to secure Champions League qualification.
With three big roles to be filled in Italian football in the coming weeks, speculation over who is to come in, is rife.
Inter look certain to appoint former Italian national team boss Antonio Conte, with Juventus likely to take their time over an appointment, with Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri the red hot favourite.
The main name in the frame to replace Gattuso is Lazio’s Simeone Inzaghi, after three seasons at the Stadio Olimpico.
Inzaghi has overseen improvements during his time in the Italian capital, with two out their last three season ending in European qualification – one for the Champions League and one Europa League.
The key aspect of Inzaghi’s coaching style is man management and instilling confidence in his players. particularly his attackers.
Ciro Immobile has seen the best form of his career under Inzaghi, scoring 67 league goals in three seasons, with the 29-year old frequently stating how Inzaghi knowledge of being a striker has helped them form a strong bond.
At AC Milan, goal, or a lack of them has been the issue that ultimately led to Gattuso’s exit, with no player scoring over 10 league goals for them in 2018-19.
The signing of Polish international Krzysztof Piatek was obviously a great piece of business by Gattuso, and he looks set to be one Serie A’s deadliest strikers for years to come.
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