Italian Serie A: Big Clubs in Search for New Managers for Next Season

2021-05-09 Football

The 2020/21 season is not over yet but some high-profile clubs do not wait till it ends to brace themselves for the new season. The main reason behind such early plane is the current disappointing campaign. There are at least four teams getting ready for it by targeting new head coaches. One of them even has already appointed new name in charge.


  • AS Roma

Il Giallorossi's campaign in Europa League had been quite a highlight before Manchester United ran riots and humiliated them by 2-6 loss last week. What's more, their Serie A campaign this season has been disappointing by sitting on the seventh in the standings. No wonder that the management has grown uneasy with Paulo Fonseca's men's form and decided to dismiss the former Shakhtar Donestk boss. They swiftly looked for the replacement and eventually picked the more experienced name on the market, Jose Mourinho. The 58-year old manager who has signed three year contract in Olimpico, was just relieved from his previous position in Tottenham. It is the only team he failed to win a single silverware under his spell. Mourinho is given a mission to end their trophy drought plus make their return to UCL.


  • Juventus

La Vecchia Signora's bold move to appoint Andrea Pirlo to be at the helm of Cristiano Ronaldo and Co eventually becomes a blunder. Juventus fails to endure their domination in a new decade, only sit on the fourth of the table and is unable to progress further in UEFA Champions League as their campaign ended in the round of 16. The management has been reportedly on the lookout for the new boss. The current Real Madrid's manager, Zinedine Zidane, is the favorite to take over Pirlo's position as his tenure for the next season is dangling on the edge after Los Blancos's semifinal defeat in UCL earlier this weekend. Zidane was once also playing for the Turin side between 1997 and 2001 before signing for Real Madrid. He helped Juventus reach Champions League final twice in 1997 and 1998 before eventually losing against Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively. Another option on the list is their former manager from 2014 to 2019, Max Allegri.


  • AC Milan

Rossonerri's hope to end their title drought dashed within weeks during the critical times when the key men such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Hakan Calhanoglu or Theo Hernadez are injured. Stefano Pioli's future in Milan has gone bleak now, especially as his team is sloping from the first to the fourth. The former Lazio, Inter and Fiorentina boss is likely to depart at the end of the season due to their exit in Europa League quarter final plus his rigid 4-2-3-1 formation this season without any variation. Now the Elliot management is weighing the next figure in command of the team. The former Napoli, Chelsea and Juvents boss Maurizio Sarri is the first one on the radar. His attractive Sarri-ball tactical approach is certainly more entertaining than Pioli's and led Juventus to win their last Serie A title in 2020 plus Europa League 2019 with Chelsea. Another name on target is Lille boss, Christopher Galtier who has managed to guide his team to topple PSG this season.


  • Napoli

Il Partenopei has been doing quite well this season. They are currently sitting on the top four and still fighting for Champions League place. Yet, their early exit in Europa League plus inconsistency under Gennaro Gattuso seem to push Aurelio de Laurentis, Napoli President, consider a new figure as the former Milan man and boss' successor. Luciano Spaletti is apparently popping up on Napoli's list and he is reportedly engaging negotiation with De Laurentis for his appointment and future project but no official decision has been confirmed yet.