Opinion

Lazio join Roma & Napoli, become eighth Serie A club to change coaches

RomaPress Staff
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Earlier this week, another coaching casualty was claimed in Serie A when Maurizio Sarri resigned from Lazio, ending his two-and-a-half year stint with the club.

His departure made the Biancocelesti the eighth club in Serie A to change managers this season—adding to the significant turnover witnessed throughout Italy’s top flight. Like rivals Napoli and Roma, Lazio have seen their Serie A odds significantly affected due to a string of underwhelming performances and results.

With so many managerial changes taking place, it’s worth revisiting the coaching chaos and when it initially started in Serie A this season.

Paolo Zanetti Axed from Empoli

Unsurprisingly, the teams most keen to avoid relegation were the first to pull the plug. The coaching carousel began early in the season when Empoli opted to part ways with Paolo Zanetti in September after the Tuscans were pummeled 7-0 by Roma. Though, his replacement, Aurelio Andreazzoli, didn’t fair better and was eventually dismissed in January, paving the way for Davide Nicola to take the reins.

Salernitana and Udinese followed suit in October when Paulo Sousa and Gabriele Cioffi were ousted. Sousa’s successor, Pippo Inzaghi, couldn’t right the ship and was replaced by Fabio Liverani in February.

Defending Champions Struggle

Even defending champions Napoli weren’t immune to managerial upheaval. Frenchman Rudi Garcia only lasted three months in the role before the club re-appointed former coach Walter Mazzarri in November. The reunion was short-lived, though, as president Aurelio De Laurentiis dismissed Mazzarri in February and hired Francesco Calzona.

Mazzarri’s exit came just weeks after Roma made headlines in January by appointing club legend Daniele De Rossi to succeed José Mourinho. Under De Rossi’s guidance, the Giallorossi have shown improvement, climbing from 9th to 5th in the league standings.

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Sassuolo Oust Dionisi After Relegation Threat

To the surprise of many, Sassuolo were pulled into the relegation battle after struggling for positive results since the start of the campaign. Their failures forced the Neroverdi to sack Alessio Dionisi in late February and appoint Davide Ballardini.

Not long thereafter, fellow relegation candidates Lecce joined the fray—though, their situation was more peculiar when compared to other clubs. The southern side moved quickly to sack Roberto D’Aversa after video footage emerged of him headbutting an opposing Hellas Verona player after the team’s 1-0 defeat. They ultimately selected former Udinese boss Luca Gotti to replace him.

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