The short pause in-between seasons and the strong performances by most of the coaches limited the numbers of changes on the benches among the mid-table to just two so far, as Cagliari and Torino switched right after the season finale, while Genoa are rumoured to be doing the same later on, when their preferred candidate will have finished off his duties. Continue reading
After two years, Walter Mazzarri’s reign at Torino is over, as the two sides mutually decided to move on following a hellish week, where they gave up seven goals to Atalanta, were eliminated by Roma in Coppa Italia and were trounced by Lecce as well on Sunday.
The Granata were hot in December but lost all three January games and sit in 12th position, five points away from the sixth place. They failed to qualify to the group phase of the Europa League in the summer after going through the play-off following a seven-placed finish last season and Milan’s exclusion. Continue reading
Frosinone are in desperate need of a spark and the management took the usual route of firing the coach. Moreno Longo got the ax with his team sitting in 19th position and having collected just one win and eight total points thus far this season. They are four points behind Bologna and five behind Udinese, which, as things stand, would be the first club to avoid the drop.
After losing seven of the first eight matches, the Ciociari showed some signs of life between late October and early November, where they picked up points in four matches in a row, defeating SPAL on the road and tying with Empoli, Parma and Fiorentina. However, after that little spurt, they have been defeated in three of the last four fixtures, versus Inter, Napoli and Sassuolo, and drew with Cagliari in the remaining one. Continue reading
On Saturday night, Frosinone defeated Palermo two-nil in the return leg of the Serie B playoffs and returned to the top league after a two-year absence. It will be the Ciociari’s second appearance in Serie A: in 2015/2016 they finished 19th, fading down the stretch after being fairly competitive in the relegation race.
The Gialloblù were among the favourites all year long and spent the better part of the season in the top two spots. They had the opportunity to be promoted directly up until the final match day, but they fumbled it away due to a last-minute 2-2 tie with Foggia, which allowed Parma to leapfrog them. However, they were able to regroup and eliminate Cittadella and Palermo in the postseason. Continue reading