Monday, 2 April 2007

Serie A 2006-07: Managerial changes

Presidents Aldo Spinelli (Livorno), Maurizio Zamparini (Palermo) and Massimo Cellino (Cagliari) are well known for their impatience with their coaches.
Italian Calcio blog looks back at all the managerial changes in Serie A since the start of the 2006-07 season...

7 September 2006
Newly promoted Torino made a coaching change on the eve of the start of the new Serie A season. Coach Gianni De Biasi, who helped the club win promotion back to the top flight from Serie B, was sacked and replaced by Alberto Zaccheroni. They drew 1-1 in their Round 1 game against Parma in Turin.

16 October 2006
Giuseppe Pillon was sacked as coach of Chievo after a Round 6 away defeat to Torino, with Gigi Del Neri returning to the Flying Donkeys' bench. Del Neri's side drew 1-1 at his former club Roma the following weekend.

13 November 2006
Ascoli fired coach Attilio Tesser after the 1-0 home defeat to Empoli in Round 11, which left them just one place above the relegation zone. The club appointed 65-year old Nedo Sonetti who achieved a 1-1 draw at home to Fiorentina in his first game in charge.

17 December 2006
Sardinian club Cagliari sacked coach Marco Giampaolo following a humiliating 3-1 defeat to 10-man Udinese in Round 16. Franco Colomba was appointed, but his first game in charge was an unhappy one - losing 2-0 at home to Fiorentina.

14 January 2007
Following a 5-1 thrashing at Atalanta in Round 19, it was inevitable that coach Daniele Arrigoni would be fired, especially with a poor recent form. He was sacked by President Aldo Spinelli just hours after the match. But days later Arrigoni was reinstated as Spinelli made a sensational U-turn following pressure from players. The Tuscan club won their next game 1-0 at Catania.

16 January 2007
Udinese appointed Alberto Malesani following the sacking of Giovanni Galeone who left with a 2-0 loss at Palermo in Round 19. Malesani's first game in charge ended in a 1-0 home win over Messina.

30 January 2007
Messina parted company with coach Bruno Giordano following an embarrassing 2-1 home defeat to bottom-of-the-table Ascoli in Round 21. They appointed Alberto Cavasin with the Sicilian club third from bottom in Serie A and without a win in 12 outings. Cavasin had to wait nearly two weeks for his first game following the Sicilian violence, but his first game ended in a 1-1 draw at home to Catania in Round 23.

13 February 2007
Former Fiorentina boss Claudio Ranieri was named the new coach of Parma after Stefano Pioli was sacked following a 3-0 defeat at Roma in Round 23. With the club 19th in Serie A after 22 games, Ranieri was not able to halt their slide towards Serie B after losing his first game 1-0 at home to Sampdoria.

26 February 2007
Torino parted company with coach Alberto Zaccheroni in the wake of a sixth successive Serie A defeat - 3-0 at Chievo in Round 25. They reappointed Gianni De Biasi, who was sacked on the eve of the new season.

Just hours later Cagliari become the second Serie A club to replace their coach - Marco Giampaolo was reappointed at the expense of Franco Colomba, who's last game ended in a 1-0 defeat at Serie A champions Inter in Round 25.

The two new coaches, in their second stints at their respective clubs, met each other in their first game in the Round 26 Serie A match at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin. Toro won the game 1-0.

21 March 2007
Livorno confirmed that Fernando Orsi is their new coach after Daniele Arrigoni was shown the door. President Aldo Spinelli fired the boss following a string of negative results, for a second time this season, following the 4-0 defeat at Udinese in Round 29. Arrigoni, in his second spell at the Tuscan club, had already been sacked in mid-January, but Spinelli made a U-turn and reinstated him a few days later after the players asked for the coach to stay. Orsi made a good start on the Livorno bench as his side thrashed Catania 4-1 in Round 30.

2 April 2007
Bruno Giordano was reinstated as Messina boss after the Sicilian club axed Alberto Cavasin following the 2-0 defeat at Cagliari in Round 30. Giordano's return didn't spark the side as they lost 1-0 at Lazio in Round 31.

23 April 2007
Palermo sacked coach Francesco Guidolin with just five games of the Serie A season remaining. President Maurizio Zamparini took the decision following the 4-3 defeat at home to Parma in Round 33. Guidolin was replaced for the remainder of the season by his assistant Renzo Gobbo and youth team boss Rosario Pergolizzi. After three games in-charge (one win and two defeats) they were replaced, with Guidolin returning on May 14 for the final two games of the season. The Rosanero won both games and salvaged a UEFA Cup place for next season.

Bruno Giordano became the second Serie A coach to get the chop on April 23 as Messina sacked him for the second time this season after the 3-1 loss at Sampdoria in Round 33. Messina, second from bottom, originally axed Giordano on January 30 when he was replaced by Alberto Cavasin. However, the latter lasted for just eight games and Giordano was called back on April 2 before tonight’s decision. He has been replaced by Bruno Bolchi until the end of the campaign. Bolchi's first game finished in a 0-0 draw against Atalanta at home.

20 May 2007
Walter Novellino confirmed he would be leaving Sampdoria at the end of the season after a 1-0 victory over Catania in Round 37. Novellino first took charge of the Blucerchiati bench when they were in Serie B in 2002-03, immediately earning promotion to the top flight. The high point of his time here was in 2004-05, when Samp finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

26 May 2007
Serie B champions Juventus have terminated
Didier Deschamps contract "by mutual consent." The club released a statement which read: "Coach and club, realising that the conditions to continue the rapport with reciprocal satisfaction are not present, have decided for an amicable separation." The Frenchman led the club to promotion and assured the Serie B title despite their nine-point Calciopoli penalty.

27 May 2007
He took Catania to their first Serie A season in over 20 years, but
Pasquale Marino announced he would be leaving the Sicilian outfit following a dramatic last day top flight survival. The club finished 13th in Serie A following the 2-0 win over Chievo on the final day of the season. The win kept the Sicilian's up, while it meant the club from Verona went down.

31 May 2007
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini confirmed Stefano Colantuono as the new Rosanero coach. The former Atalanta boss extended his contract with the Bergamaschi this winter, but has decided to go to the club that will be playing in the UEFA Cup next season, after Atalanta just missed out. He replaces Francesco Guidolin who, was in-charge of the Sicilians for the final two games of the season despite being sacked last month.

Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo has lined up former Catania coach Pasquale Marino to
replace Alberto Malesani. Malesani had replaced the axed Giovanni Galeone on the Udinese bench in January, but results were not up to standards, leading to the Friuliani hunting for a new tactician. The Zebrette boss insisted that he didn’t believe he would be sacked in the summer, but his comments came before Pozzo slated the team’s performances in the last eight games of the campaign.

After securing Reggina's top flight status with a 2-0 win over Milan on the final day of the season despite an 11-point Calciopoli penalty, coach Walter Mazzarri has left the Southerners and signed a two-year deal with Sampdoria. A managerial vacancy appeared at the Genoa club following Walter Novellino's resignation.

Parma confirmed coach Claudio Ranieri has left the Serie A club. The Tardini outfit were hoping to keep Ranieri for next season given his massive impact with them since his arrival in February. He had the task of lifting the club from second-bottom but by the final day of the season, Parma were secure in 12th place.

1 June 2007
Gianni De Biasi has parted company with Torino despite securing Serie A safety for the club. De Biasi had led the Granata to promotion last summer, but was fired three days before the start of the 2006-07 season. However, replacement Alberto Zaccheroni was unpopular with players and fans and De Biasi was recalled in February.

Chievo have decided to part company with coach Luigi Del Neri following their relegation into Serie B. Del Neri had pledged to stay on "if the club wanted" even after the 2-0 loss to Catania last weekend sent them down.

3 June 2007
Catania have named
Silvio Baldini as their new coach. The side had been looking for a new tactician after Pasquale Marino opted to walk away, having taken them to their first Serie A experience in 20 years and rescued them from relegation on the final day.

4 June 2007
Serie B champions
Juventus have appointed Claudio Ranieri as their coach after parting company with Didier Deschamps last month following their promotion back to Serie A. The 55-year-old, who has signed a three-year contract, resigned from his position at Parma last week having helped the side avoid relegation from Serie A.

5 June 2007
Udinese have appointed
Pasquale Marino as replacement for Alberto Malesani. Marino arrives after he firstly led Catania into Serie A for the first time in 20 years and secured their stay in top-flight football with a dramatic last day victory over Chievo. Marino has signed a two-year contract with the Zebrette.

6 June 2007
Torino have appointed Walter Novellino as their new coach on a two-year contract. The 54-year-old former Sampdoria coach replaces Gianni De Biasi who left the club despite helping Torino win their battle against relegation from Serie A.

7 June 2007
Stefano Colantuono has completed his switch from Atalanta to become the new coach of Palermo. Colantuono had recently extended his contract with the Bergamaschi until 2009, but has now left to head south to Sicily.

Mario Beretta has parted company with Siena by mutual consent after a year in charge at the club. He secured Siena's Serie A survival by a point with a dramatic last-minute win against Lazio on the final day of the season.

8 June 2007
Nedo Sonetti will not be sitting on the Ascoli bench in Serie B next season after holding talks with the club. "I’m sorry to be leaving this city and these supporters, especially because I don’t like to go following relegation," said Sonetti after meeting with President Roberto Benigni and sporting director Pierluigi Di Santo.

9 June 2007
Atalanta have appointed Luigi Del Neri as their new coach following Stefano Colantuono's departure to Palermo. Colantuono signed a two-year contract with the Sicilian club on Thursday and is replaced by 56-year-old Del Neri, who left Chievo at the end of the season after failing to help them avoid relegation from Serie A.

12 June 2007
Domenico Di Carlo will make his Serie A coaching debut next season after replacing Juventus-bound Claudio Ranieri at Parma. Having earned two promotions in four seasons at Mantova, the 43-year-old Di Carlo has been hired by Parma, who just avoided relegation under Ranieri last season.

Siena have appointed Andrea Mandorlini as coach after Mario Beretta left by mutual consent last week. The 46-year-old Mandorlini had been without a club after leaving Serie C1 side Padova this season.

23 June 2007
Reggina have named former Verona boss Massimo Ficcadenti as their new coach, replacing Sampdoria's Walter Mazzarri. Despite the fact that Ficcadenti had been fired by Verona in December 2006, the club still tried to stop him from joining another outfit. That contract is now invalid following the relegation of Hellas to Serie C1.

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