Italian Manager Carousel

Italian football will arguably be the best source of entertainment in the next few weeks, especially because several management positions have become available in the space of a few days. We had previously reported about AC Milan’s management situation and with Inzaghi officially sacked, the discussion is truly heating up. It is believed that Sinisa Mihajlovic, who has just resigned at Sampdoria, has the best chances of securing the position and that his appointment is imminent. Essentially, Mihajlovic leaving his last post also means that there is another Serie A position available at Sampdoria, who finished the season in 7th place, just behind local rivals CFC Genoa.

In other news, Napoli have just parted ways with Rafa Benitez, who will be managing Real Madrid in his homeland, and they will be looking to make a swift appointment. It seems as though, the southern Italians are incredibly keen on Unai Emery, who we believed was set to take over at Milan, although that seems to be in serious doubt. The current Sevilla manager would be a great improvement and could arguably turn Napoli into title contenders. However, he might also be worried about the club’s lack of reputation in comparison to AC Milan, should they be really interested in his services also. Ultimately, Emery might wonder as to why he would leave Sevilla for an arguably lesser league and weaker team.

And then there is Luciano Spaletti, who was still employed by Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg, despite being sacked in 2014. His contract has now officially expired and he is believed to be keen on a Serie A return. The former Udinese and Roma manager could be on Sampdoria’s radar but might also be an alternative at Napoli, should Emery decide to not join them.

At the bottom half of the table, Empoli’s manager Maurizio Sarri has also just handed in his resignation after successfully avoiding relegation with the club that had been promoted to Serie A last year. It is yet to be seen as to how significant Sarri’s departure is in this particular carousel, although Empoli’s role is arguably not comparable to that of the other clubs discussed here.

It would seem that AC Milan’s image and reputation put them in pole position in Italy, meaning that they will probably get any manager they want at this stage. Napoli too, are in a decent position to employ someone with a name and a good track record, although the club seem a less interesting proposition than the northern Italians. Sampdoria look to break into the European spots and are a rather ambitious club. As such, they have good chances of landing a decent manager. Empoli on the other hand will mainly appeal to someone who would be happy to be involved in a relegation scrap. Whatever the outcome, these are very intriguing times in Italian football and we will surely witness some major changes soon.