This summer the manager market has by far beaten the player market when it comes to drama. There’s been managerial changes across Europe, with some coming out of the blue.
For the Italian media, perhaps the strangest situation has been Jose Mourinho, shown the door by Tottenham, being appointed as manager of AS Roma, only to see the man he replaced, Paulo Fonseca, get within touching distance of the Spurs position.
In Italy that managerial swap was seen as a huge upgrade for Roma and a downgrade for the London club, with Mourinho held in higher regard than Fonseca.
Well, typically, there’s been last minute mayhem, with Fonseca to Tottenham now looking off, and the parties involved all sending out their own leaks to the media with reasons for the collapse.
Fonseca may not have to wait too long for another job, with Gazzetta dello Sport making it sound like the position at Fiorentina is pretty much lined up for him. He’d been a serious candidate for the club before they appointed Rino Gattuso instead.
The latter lasted mere weeks with La Viola, after disagreement over transfer strategy, and, in typically dramatic fashion for this summer, Gattuso is now thought to be close to the Tottenham job.
So another managerial swap, of sorts, could be on the cards, this time between Fiorentina and Spurs.