Bologna Turn to Italiano to Succeed Motta on the Bench

Bologna have gotten their man to replace Juventus-bound Thiago Motta, as they have convinced Vincenzo Italiano to fill the opening after a pair of meetings. The gaffer, who’s fresh off a three-season run at Fiorentina, had reservations about inheriting the job after such a successful campaign, La Gazzetta dello Sport informed.

In the end, he gave in to the courtship. He received reassurances about the transfer market, project, and ambitions. The Rossoblù will aim to qualify for a European competition again after nabbing a historic Champions League berth in 2023/2024.

Italiano has inked a two-year deal with an option with Bologna. They’ll be his third Serie A side after Spezia and Fiorentina. La Viola finished 7th once and 8th twice with him at the helm. They lost two Europa Conference League finals and a Coppa Italia one.

The Rossoblù are trying to stave off the interest in a few of their stars. Moreover, they intend to give their new coach five new men. They are searching for two fullbacks, a left-footed center-back, a winger, a box-to-box, and a striker.

Our Take on Bologna and Italiano

It’s a sound solution for both. The team grabs a manager already familiar with playing in Europe, and the boss levels up, at least for next season, getting the chance to play in a more prestigious cup. He’s not as extreme and brilliant as Motta, but his philosophy isn’t far off either. Their level of competitiveness in the next campaign is a true question mark, though. Their window will be very telling in that respect.

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