Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Serie A coaches' merry-go-round set to kick off


(By Paul Virgo)
Rome, May 21 - The end of the Serie A season last
weekend kicked off a frenzy of negotiations that looks set to
lead to a merry-go-round of changes in the top clubs' coaches.
Juventus boss Antonio Conte is the only top boss sure of
staying put after leading the Turin side to their second
consecutive Serie A title.
He had hinted that he might move on if he were not given
guarantees about the club's strategy for the transfer market,
but last week Juve announced that they had reached an agreement
"to keep growing" together.
Napoli, who have qualified for next season's Champions
League after finishing second in Serie A, know they have to find
a new coach as Walter Mazzarri has said he is leaving after four
successful years in Naples.
Napoli Chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis reportedly flew to
London on Monday for talks with former Valencia, Liverpool and
Inter Milan coach Rafa Benitez, who this month won the Europa
League as interim Chelsea boss.
Roberto Di Matteo, who led Chelsea to the Champions League
title last year, will reportedly be Napoli's next target if they
fail to reach a deal with Benitez.
AC Milan Chief Executive Adriano Galliani has said that he
will meet Massimiliano Allegri to discuss the coach's future on
Allegri has another year to run on his contract but there
is speculation he does not enjoy the full confidence of club
owner Silvio Berlusconi and could move on in the closed season.
Milan needed two late goals to beat already-relegated Siena
2-1 on Sunday and seal third place in Serie A and qualification
for next season's Champions League preliminaries.
They ended the season trophyless, like they did last term.
Allegri led Milan to the Serie A title in his first
campaign at the club, the 2010-11 season.
"I'll speak to Allegri on Wednesday," Galliani said. "I'll
see what he wants to do and then together with the chairman
(Berlusconi), we'll make a decision in the light of what the
coach thinks".
Former Milan players Marco van Basten, Filippo Inzaghi and
Clarence Seedorf are possible replacements for Allegri,
according to media reports.
Former Netherlands coach van Basten is currently in charge
of Dutch top-flight side Heerenveen, Inzaghi oversees one of
Milan's youth teams and Seedorf is playing for Brazilian side
Botafogo after leaving Milan last year.
Allegri is being heavily tipped to take over at AS Roma,
who endured another disappointing Serie A campaign with a
talented young squad, finishing sixth.
The Rome club said Tuesday that they have not yet decided
whether their current coach Aurelio Andreazzoli will stay on.
Managers will hold talks with him on Monday, after Sunday's
Italian Cup final against city rivals Lazio.
Inter Milan Chairman Massimo Moratti, meanwhile, said
Tuesday that he was reconsidering whether to keep Andrea
Moratti had said several times that 37-year-old
Stramaccioni would keep his job even though Inter have failed to
qualify for European competition for the first time in 14 years.
But the three-time European champions' meltdown at the end
of the season, including Sunday's 5-2 home to defeat to Udinese,
may have prompted a rethink.
"We are having another look at the recent events," Moratti
said. "We are reflecting so that we can understand what is best
for Inter.
"On the one hand we have the talent of Stramaccioni, a guy
who will certainly be successful as a coach. On the other we
have the current situation".
Mazzarri is favourite to take over at Inter if Stramaccioni
is dismissed.

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