Last Four Serie A Bench Openings Set to Be Filled Soon

The final four Italian teams, Torino, Cagliari, Empoli, and Venezia, still without a coach have all found their man. The respective announcements will arrive in the coming days. A couple of those had to negotiate to get their candidate out of his contract, Sky relays.

The Granata have long zeroed in on the Lagunari boss Paolo Vanoli. In the end, they will pay €800k, slightly less than his release clause. He’ll ink a two-year contract. He’ll be replaced by Eusebio Di Francesco, who will stay in Serie A despite Frosinone’s relegation.

The manager picked them over the Azzurri. The Tuscan side had to find a new manager since Davide Nicola opted to take over the Sardinians following Claudio Ranieri’s retirement. The two clubs are still haggling over the compensation. They will bounce back with Roberto D’Aversa. Lecce axed him late in the season due to a swoon and a regrettable incident with an opposing player.

Our Take on Torino, Cagliari, Empoli, and Venezia

The Rossoblù made the safest choice, going with a specialist who wouldn’t change their identity. Poaching him from another club is an achievement. The Granata’s one is intriguing, as Vanoli has proven his worth, but his style is a lot different and more proactive than what they are used to. Venezia will have continuity on that front. Despite the bitter ending, Di Francesco did well with a very young squad in 2023/2024. Empoli could have gone with a more offensive-minded gaffer, as hiring Nicola was a detour from their habits, but D’Aversa spruced up his tactics and was okay in the recent campaign.

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