Monza Officially Fire Coach Stroppa After Six Rounds

Amid an underwhelming start where they have collected one point in six games, Monza have decided to sack coach Giovanni Stroppa. Primavera coach Raffaele Palladino is taking over for the time being. They are preparing to face Juventus Sunday.

As per Gianluca Di Marzio, the caretaker manager has a shot at getting the permanent job. He’s a disciple of Gian Piero Gasperini. Owner Silvio Berlusconi made the call directly.

Monza picked up their first draw of the season versus Lecce, but that wasn’t enough to save Stroppa. They lost to Torino, Napoli, Udinese, Roma, and Atalanta in previous tilts. They appointed the former Milan midfielder in the summer of 2021. He led them to the much-awaited promotion on his first attempt, winning the playoffs following a fourth-placed finish.

The Biancorossi president criticized the gaffer in recent days (via Corriere della Sera).

“I had suggested simple things but they didn’t follow my advice. I wanted long balls from the goalie to the strikers and told them to stay high on the pitch. Instead, the defenders should have been man marking.”

According to the outlet, Roberto De Zerbi declined their proposal to take over the team. Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Donadoni are on the early short-list, Tuttomercatoweb informs.

Our Take on Monza Firing Stroppa

A little more gratitude wouldn’t hurt in football, but the squad didn’t have the emotional response they probably hoped for after the rumors circulated last week. After all, their XI is almost entirely new and not attached to the manager. They have the potential to fare much better, but they have to choose carefully, as the team is built just for 3-5-2 or something similar.

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