Gasperini to Meet with Atalanta Ownership After Rant

The Atalanta brass and Gian Piero Gasperini will try to clear the air in a face-to-face summit in Boston during the stoppage. The recent outburst of the gaffer wasn’t well received by the new American ownership and the Italian management.

As per Sky, the parties will look to come to an understanding to avoid a breakup. The coach had already criticized the team’s direction in the summer. He considered stepping down, but he was reeled in.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Tuttomercatoweb), Gasperini wishes Atalanta fully embraced the renovation of the squad. Even if it could affect their performances. He’s adamant about cutting down the roster in January, as it’s too large for his liking.

La Dea could part ways with one of their veteran wing-backs, Hans Hateboer or Joakim Maehle, and at least one forward among Ruslan Malinovskyi, Jeremie Boga, and Duvan Zapata, and perhaps even Merih Demiral. They had unsuccessfully tried to orchestrate some departures in the past window.

Our Take on Gasperini and Atalanta

The successful early run hid the problems. The gaffer is right when he points out that they have too many players that need minutes, which is always a challenging situation. On the other hand, their supposed rejects are quality contributors that the club can’t just give away for nothing. They have decent price tags, and the team previously invested in them. Nobody can afford a financial bloodbath.

It would also be better if they clarified who’s really calling the shots, as the Percassi family and Stephan Pagliuca are formally co-owners, but it appears that the American tycoon is more influential. The lack of familiarity between the manager and the new officials likely adds to the tension.

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