Spezia Set to Appoint Semplici as Their Next Coach

Spezia are putting the finishing touches on the negotiation to hire Leonardo Semplici to succeed Luca Gotti, who was fired about a week ago. They have long zeroed in on the former Cagliari and SPAL gaffer, but they had to settle a few aspects before the announcement. Plus, the Aquilotti have an American owner and must juggle different time zones.

Per Gianluca Di Marzio, they will put pen to paper later today. They are currently 17th with a two-point cushion over Hellas Verona. They have suffered four losses and drew once in the last four rounds. However, they had a good showing versus Juventus last week.

According to local newspaper Città della Spezia, the team and Semplici principally discussed the composition of the staff. Most of the current assistants, Sergio Spalla, Fabrizio Lorieri, and former player Claudio Terzi, will stay put. The new boss will add four new ones.

The manager brought SPAL from Serie C to the top league in a remarkable six-year run between 2014 and 2020. He saved Cagliari in miraculous fashion in 2021, collecting 22 points in 15 matches. He was fired after just three fixtures the following season.

Our Take on Spezia and Semplici

It’ll be a stark difference compared to Gotti, both personality-wise and stylistically. They’ll probably become more defensive-minded, gritty, and muscular. They were perhaps looking for an energetic boss to properly rally the troops, and they got one. However, they might have been able to turn it around with the previous one too once a few key players returned from injuries. They’ll have to hope the new gaffer and the squad jell in a hurry because Hellas Verona are putting pressure on everybody.

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