The season may have only just ended in Italy, but clubs are already looking forward to preparations for next season.
Just days after the last ball was kicked, Fiorentina has appointed a new manager in the form of Gennaro Gattuso, who will leave his role at Napoli and leave the Europa League qualifiers with a vacancy of its own.
And the south coast is far from the only ones looking for a new leader. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the names closely related to new roles in Italy this summer …
Napoli is just one of the Serie A teams looking for a new head coach during the off-season
Gennaro Gattuso is the right coach for any Italian and European club with Champions League ambitions, but he still has a little experience running clubs with Scudetto ambitions.
Napoli had a man who could turn a dressing room as soft as butter into a steel fist. His ability to motivate his players revived the club’s ambitions, but Napoli’s European failure prompted owner Aurelio De Laurentiis to change coach.
Gattuso now has the chance to make his mark with Rocco Commisso’s Fiorentina, a club with which he hopes to gain the necessary experience to become a top trainer at a top club.
Gennaro Gattuso has left his role at Napoli and will take the lead at Fiorentina from next season
The club has given Gattuso a two-year contract with an option for a third, earning him € 2.4 million per year.
According to the Corriere dello Sport, Gattuso waited until the last moments to accept the deal, waiting for a call from Juventus that never arrived. Despite interest, however, he did not speak to any other club.
The priority of the former Napoli coach is to embrace a sustainable engineering project without outside interference. Gattuso wants to be able to work and present his own idea of football without being considered the only culprit in case of breakdowns on the field.
Antonio Conte and Inter, unsurprisingly, broke up. The Scudetto party did not improve the manager-owner relationship, which arose from an irreparable outage.
According to Gazzetta dello SportAfter months of diplomatic troubles between President Zhang and Conte, there was no hope of peace leading up to the 2021-2022 season, the latest on the former Chelsea boss’s contract. And so it turned out – with the news that the 51-year-old had left the club on Wednesday night.
Inter plans to relocate some of their top earners this summer to mitigate significant losses from the pandemic. The loans the club has received, most recently a € 250 million deal with Oaktree, are only extending their financial troubles as they try to address the suspension of existing wages.
Antonio Conte has left Inter Milan because his relationship with the owners is irreparable
Inter is serious about keeping the Scudetto as it won for the first time in 10 years this season, but the Champions League ambitions will not be a priority.
After the last loan he received from Zhang, club director Giuseppe Marotta will be tasked with introducing pay cuts and getting the best possible price for players who want them off the books. At least two large rooms are expected.
The head coach will have to accept this strategy. That was something Conte couldn’t get to.
The coach wants to win and does not want to diminish his earnings and the technical strength of the club. Conte wants to be a contender in every national and international competition and does not accept steps back.
Napoli president De Laurentiis called Christophe Galtier, the man who led Lille to Ligue 1 success this season, and offered a three-year deal to take charge of the Serie A club.
According to The team, Galtier reportedly told reporters: ‘I have spoken to Napoli, I am leaving Lille’. On the pages of the French newspaper, the coach further told about the offer from Italy.
“I spoke to the president of my club, my story with Lille ends here,” he continued. ‘Napoli is interested in me, but also in other coaches. I don’t know what my ranking is in the Napoli hierarchy, but they called me this morning.
Christophe Galtier has confirmed to the French press that he has held talks with Napoli
‘Mine will never be a financial choice. If I had taken the economic side, I wouldn’t be here in Europe. ‘
While Galtier is protesting there are other offers, there are several clues suggesting that he thinks Napoli is the perfect venture Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Frenchman works very well with young players and is the coach who launched the rise of Victor Osimhen in France. Reuniting with the Nigerian attacker could be a huge draw. Galtier is very attracted to the opportunity to gain experience in Serie A, a competition that has always fascinated French coaches.
Another name strongly associated with Napoli is that of Massimiliano Allegri. The 53-year-old has been out of a job since leaving Juventus in 2019 and has long been associated with a move to work.
Most of the jobs the former Milan boss has been associated with have been on the continent – with Paris Saint-Germain once thought to be interested. Now that Zinedine Zidane had left Real Madrid, he was again touted for a job abroad.
However, as many clubs are looking for a new man at the helm, Juventus have decided to act quickly to secure the return of their former boss.
Massimiliano Allegri (right) is still a free agent, but returns to manage Juventus again
Saying goodbye to club legend Andrea Pirlo – despite securing Champions League football on the last day of the season – Allegri will be installed after two years for the upcoming campaign.
That news will now force De Laurentiis and Napoli to look elsewhere, as it had previously been suggested that Allegri was the main target at Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
Luciano Spalletti and Simone Inzaghi, who confirmed to Lazio that he would leave his post on Thursday after a change of mind about his future, now seem to be frontrunners for that role, although that hasn’t always been the case …
Whatever is to come this summer, it takes something special to top the bizarre reports of Napoli’s attempts – or non-attempts, as the case may be – to land Sergio Conceicao.
Conceicao’s incredible brush with Napoli was over in less than 24 hours.
The young Porto coach had impressed De Laurentiis this season, but it has since become clear that he will not be the one to replace Gattuso in the shadow of Vesuvius.
Sergio Conceicao was reportedly a top target for Napoli, but their owner downplayed interest
Speak with More footballDe Laurentiis announced that he already has an agreement with the new coach, but that ‘it will not be Conceicao’.
“I’ve never talked to him, it’s all false.” According to counter claims, this couldn’t be further from the truth and is something very special.
As Corriere dello Sport tried to explain, the 46-year-old had already booked a flight to Rome and, on the recommendation of Napoli, a room in a luxury hotel in the city for presentation to the media.
Napoli president De Laurentiis had already hosted the press conference in a well-known Roman hotel, only to drastically change the mood music.
Aurelio De Laurentiis is busy looking for a new manager after Gattuso left Napoli
During a sleepless night, President De Laurentiis completely changed his tactics and instead looked for another solution to his leadership vacancy.
The main hall of that Roman hotel near via XXIV Maggio, not far from Filmauro’s headquarters, home of De Laurentiis, was left empty the next day.
All media calls were canceled after a 24-hour reflection period and involved the abrupt termination of a nearly already reached agreement.