Serie A managerial roller coaster heats up with Gattuso, Conte, Pirlo and Co on the move
The season may have just ended in Italy, but clubs are already eagerly awaiting preparations for the next campaign.
Just days after the last ball kicked, Fiorentina appointed a new manager in the form of Gennaro Gattuso, who is stepping down from his post at Napoli, leaving the Europa League qualifiers with a vacancy.
And the south coast is far from the only one looking for a new chef. Here, Sports messaging takes a look at names closely linked to new roles in Italy this summer …
Napoli are just one of Serie A teams looking for a new head coach in the offseason
Gennaro Gattuso is the right coach for any Italian and European club with Champions League ambitions, but he still lacks a bit of experience when it comes to leading clubs with Scudetto ambitions.
Napoli had a man who could turn a dressing room as soft as butter into a fist of steel. His ability to motivate his players reignited the club’s ambitions, but Napoli’s European failure prompted owner Aurelio De Laurentiis to change coaches.
Gattuso now has the opportunity to make his mark with Rocco Commisso’s Fiorentina, a club with which he hopes to gain the necessary experience to become a top coach at a top club.
Gennaro Gattuso has left his role at Napoli and will take charge of Fiorentina from next season
The club have handed Gattuso a two-year contract with an option for a third, earning him € 2.4million (£ 2.1million) a year.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Gattuso was waiting until the last moments to accept the deal, waiting for a phone call from Juventus that never arrived. Despite the interest, however, he has not spoken to another club.
The priority of the former Napoli coach is to embrace a sustainable technical project without outside interference. Gattuso wants to be able to work and come up with his own idea of football without being seen as the only culprit in case of failures on the pitch.
Antonio Conte and Inter have gone their separate ways, as was to be expected. The Scudetto party did not improve relations between the manager and the owner, following an irremediable fallout.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, after months of diplomatic problems between President Zhang and Conte, there was no hope of peace until the 2021-2022 season, the last on the contract of the former Chelsea boss. And it turned out with the news that the 51-year-old left the club on Wednesday night.
Inter intend to move on a number of their top earners this summer in order to mitigate the substantial losses caused by the pandemic. Loans received by the club, most recently a € 250m (£ 215m) deal with Oaktree, only prolong their financial woes as they seek to tackle the already wage suspension in place.
Antonio Conte has left Inter Milan, with his relationship with the owners irreparable
Inter are serious about keeping the Scudetto, having won it for the first time in 10 years this season, but Champions League ambitions will not be a priority.
After the last loan received from Zhang, club manager Giuseppe Marotta will be tasked with introducing pay cuts and getting the best possible price for players they want to take off the books. At least two major departures are expected.
The head coach will have to accept this strategy. It was something Conte just couldn’t bring himself to do.
The coach wants to win and does not want to lower his earnings and the technical strength of the club. Conte wants to be a competitor in all national and international competitions and does not agree to backtrack.
Napoli president De Laurentiis called on Christophe Galtier, the man who led Lille to Ligue 1 success this season, offering a three-year contract to take charge of the Serie A club.
According to The team, Galtier would have declared to the journalists: “I spoke in Naples, I leave Lille”. On the pages of the French newspaper, the coach spoke in more detail about the offer received from Italy.
“I spoke to the president of my club, my story with Lille ends here,” he continued. “Napoli is interested in me but also in other coaches. I don’t know what my ranking is in the hierarchy of Naples but this morning they called me.
Christophe Galtier confirmed to the French press that he had had talks with Napoli
“Mine will never be a financial choice. If I had chosen the economic aspect, I would not be here in Europe ”.
As Galtier protests there are other offers, several clues suggest Naples is the perfect company, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Frenchman works very well with young players and is the coach who started Victor Osimhen’s rise in France. Being reunited with the Nigerian striker could be a huge draw. Galtier is very drawn to the opportunity to gain experience in Serie A, a competition that has always fascinated French coaches.
Another name strongly linked to Naples is that of Massimiliano Allegri. The 53-year-old has been unemployed since leaving Juventus in 2019 and has long been linked with a return to work.
Most of the jobs the former Milan boss was linked to were on the continent – Paris Saint-Germain were once considered interested. With Zinedine Zidane having left Real Madrid, he was once again touted for a job abroad.
However, with many clubs looking for a new man at the helm, Juventus have decided to act quickly to secure the return of their former boss.
Massimiliano Allegri (right) is still a free agent but returns to lead Juventus again
Parting with club legend Andrea Pirlo – despite securing Champions League football on the last day of the season – Allegri will be installed for the next campaign after a two-year absence.
This news will now force De Laurentiis and Napoli to look elsewhere, as it had already been suggested that Allegri was the main target at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
Luciano Spalletti and Simone Inzaghi, who Lazio confirmed to be quitting on Thursday after a change of mind about his future, are now appearing as favorites for the role, although that hasn’t always been the case. .
Either way again this summer, it will take something special to top the bizarre reports surrounding Napoli’s attempts – or non-attempts as it could be – to land Sergio Conceicao.
Conceicao’s incredible brushing with Napoli was completed in less than 24 hours.
The young Porto coach had impressed De Laurentiis during this season but it has since become clear that he will not be the one to replace Gattuso in the shadow of Vesuvius.
Sergio Conceicao would have been a prime target for Napoli, but their owner downplayed interest
Talk with Maisfutebol, De Laurentiis announced that he already had an agreement with the new coach but that “it will not be Conceicao”.
“I never spoke to him, everything is wrong. According to the counter claims, this couldn’t be further from the truth and it is something quite more incredible.
As Corriere dello Sport attempted to explain, the 46-year-old had previously booked a flight to Rome and, on the recommendation of Naples, a room at a luxury hotel in the city for a media presentation.
The president of Naples, De Laurentiis, had already organized the press conference in a well-known Roman hotel, only for the background music to change drastically.
Aurelio De Laurentiis is busy looking for a new manager after Gattuso leaves Napoli
During a sleepless night, President De Laurentiis completely changed his tactics and instead sought a different solution to his leadership vacancy.
The large hall of this Roman hotel near via XXIV Maggio, not far from the headquarters of Filmauro, De Laurentiis’ home, remained empty the next day.
All media appeals were canceled after a 24-hour reflection and resulted in the abrupt end of a deal that was virtually already done.