Serie A Coaches’ and Directors’ Carousel Recap


The last open spot on the benches was filled last Saturday when Eusebio Di Francesco was appointed by Sampdoria, while, in terms of main directors, Roma and Torino got their guys earlier this week, so now all almost all the teams are set ahead of the transfer market window, which should be pretty busy considering all the changes. Here is the recap of the new coaches and officials.

Juventus picked former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to replace Massimiliano Allegri, while Inter brought in Antonio Conte after the ousting of Luciano Spalletti. The Nerazzurri added Gabriele Oriali to help out Giuseppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio and he will pull double duty with his role in the Italian national team. Claudio Ranieri left Roma after his stint as caretaker manager and they appointed Daniel Fonseca from Shakhtar and poached Gianluca Petrachi from Torino as their new sporting director. Their previous one, Frederic Massara, now works at Milan next to Paolo Maldini, who was promoted as head of the technical area, and Zvonimir Boban: they chose Marco Giampaolo from Sampdoria after they mutually parted way with Gennaro Gattuso. The Granata promoted youth academy boss Massimo Bava and kept coach Walter Mazzarri.

Among the top teams, Napoli (Carlo Ancelotti-Cristiano Giuntoli), Lazio (Simone Inzaghi-Igli Tare) and Atalanta (Gian Piero Gasperini-Giovanni Sartori) retained the same tandem despite the interest from other clubs.

Vincenzo Montella survived the ownership change in Florence, but Pantaleo Corvino did not and was substituted by Daniele Pradè, who had already spent time here in the past, and then moved on to Sampdoria and then Udinese. The Zebrette, which confirmed Igor Tudor after the positive finish of the season, selected Pierpaolo Marino, who started his career here and then led Atalanta and Napoli and was out of job for a while. Bologna convinced Sinisa Mihajlovic to stay put and partnered him with former Roma and Sampdoria executive Walter Sabatini. The Blucerchiati did not bring in any new official despite the departure and still have Carlo Osti in charge.

Genoa lured Aurelio Andreazzoli away from Empoli and after few seasons brought back Stefano Capozzucca in lieu of Giorgio Perinetti. Sassuolo (Roberto De Zerbi-Giovanni Carnevali), Parma (Roberto D’Aversa-Daniele Faggiano), Cagliari (Rolando Maran-Marcello Carli), SPAL (Leonardo Semplici-Davide Vagnati) and Lecce (Fabio Liverani-Mauro Meluso) maintained the duo even though some of the coaches were heavily sought after, while Brescia kept the manager (Eugenio Corini), but not the main executive Francesco Marroccu, who has yet to be replaced, but the president Massimo Cellino is very hands-on. Verona moved on from coach Alfredo Aglietti and went with former Genoa Ivan Juric.

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