Salernitana Appoint Paulo Sousa after Axing Nicola

Salernitana have chosen Paulo Sousa to succeed Davide Nicola on the bench. The previous gaffer was dismissed for the second time in the span of a month. The management didn’t second-guess their decision this time.

The Granata sit in 16th position with a four-point lead over the surging Verona. The cushion significantly shrunk in recent rounds. They have won just once in ten matches, collecting five total points. They have lost four of the last five fixtures.

Per Calciomercato, Salernitana and Paulo Sousa have agreed to a five-month contract with two more optional years. Both parties have clauses to get out of it if things don’t go well. The manager returns to Serie A after five years, where he led teams all over the globe.

The former Juventus and Borussia Dortmund midfielder previously helmed Fiorentina for two campaigns between 2015 and 2017, finishing 5th and 8th. Afterward, he took over Tianjin Quanjan for about a year. He also spent time at Bordeaux and Flamengo and guided the Polish national team for 15 matches, culminating in an early elimination in Euro 2020.

Spezia have also decided to sack their gaffer, Luca Gotti, and handed the team to his lead assistant Fabrizio Lorieri until they strike a deal with his replacement. Leonardo Semplici is currently the frontrunner, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

Our Take on Salernitana and Paulo Sousa

The ambitious Granata level up on the bench, but they’ll have to hope they can go on a run soon to get out of the mud; otherwise, the style and personality of the new manager might turn out to be too complicated and finesse-oriented to properly cope with the relegation struggle.

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