From Franco Colomba to Fabio Liverani, several coaches have been out of a job by the opening of a new Serie A season in recent years. Scott Orkney counts down five tacticians that are facing the same pressure in 2015-16.
Serie A has a well-established reputation for its ‘mangia-allenatori’ – ‘coach eater’ – presidents that can show a severe lack of patience and dismiss a coach after draws, defeats or even before a ball has been kicked.
Franco Colomba, Roberto Donadoni and Stefano Pioli have been sacked before the season even began in recent years, while Gian Piero Gasperini, Giuseppe Sannino and Fabio Liverani all only lasted a few weeks.
La Gazzetta dello Sport may have deemed the summer to be ‘purple’ on August 7 after new boss Paulo Sousa guided Fiorentina to impressive International Champions Cup wins against Barcelona and Chelsea.
But with a number of other sides having been deemed to ‘flop’ during pre-season, their coaches and several other tacticians head into the 2015-16 campaign under pressure.
Maurizio Sarri (Napoli)
Appointed by president Aurelio De Laurentiis on an initial one-year contract after failing to secure a higher profile replacement for Rafa Benitez, Sarri was a revelation as he kept Empoli in the top flight last term.
Whether he can now qualify Napoli for the Champions League again this season remains to be seen, however the 56-year-old tactician remains philosophical about being given the chance after previously working in a bank until he was 40.
“Napoli is an opportunity for me and I cannot be worried,” Sarri told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I am happy to do this for a living. If next year I started again from the bottom of Serie A or even Serie B, I’d be just as happy.”