There could be a number of alterations made on the benches around Italy come the season's end, with some of the country's top clubs among those looking to make a change
By Kris Voakes | Italian Football Editor
One thing you can always count on in Italy is the coaching merry-go-round. Only two trainers can boast two years in their current job, and there have been 15 changes made on Serie A's benches already this season. More are certain to follow in the summer, with the peninsula's biggest clubs likely to be in on the action as much as ever.
So who will stay and who will go? With AC Milan potentially throwing away the Scudetto, there are new questions being asked of Massimiliano Allegri. Inter could yet make their sixth change in two years, while over at Roma there are further doubts over Luis Enrique's tenure under their new American owners.
And it doesn't stop there. Another 10 clubs are likely to make alterations, including - obviously - Palermo, whose president Maurizio Zamparini typifies the shortage of patience that is so often in evidence around the country.
Below, we look at the 13 coaches who could well be on the move this summer, with a few potential names to chuck into the hat for replacements at the bigger clubs who have their fingers hovering over the panic button.
Delio Rossi's is the most notable name of those who will almost certainly be out of work in seven games' time. Having replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic in November, the former Lazio and Palermo boss has been unable to turn around their fortunes, and there were rumours last month that Rossi had resigned, only for the Fiorentina hierarchy to reject his request.
Saturday's win at Milan has helped to keep the Viola out of Lecce's sights for now, but there is still a threat over their Serie A future, and with trouble in the boardroom at the Artemio Franchi there will doubtless be a rethink given their on-field issues.
Alberto Malesani will see his rebirth as Genoa coach ended by May having been reappointed in that typically Italian move of going back to what you know. Like the large majority of those who are sacked only to be asked to return, though, the former Parma and Bologna coach is a dead man walking.
Bortolo Mutti's probable sacking is down to a number of factors. Firstly, Palermo's results have been average at best since he replaced Devis Mangia. Secondly, he is another who will be low down the list of potential bosses once the market is freed up in the summer. And, most obviously, his president is trigger-finger specialist Maurizio Zamparini.
Mario Beretta will pay for Cesena's inevitable relegation by being ousted, with the club likely to want to make a host of changes in their bid to return to Serie A at the first time of asking.
LIKELY TO LEAVE
Edy Reja may well get his wish at the third time of asking if he again offers his resignation at the season's end. Despite another positive year on the field for the Biancocelesti, the former Napoli boss has twice handed in his notice, only to have the proposal rebuffed. However, with tensions still high around Formello, he is likely to walk away whether they earn a Champions League play-off spot or not.
Attilio Tesser has already been sacked once by Novara, and may well be asked to step aside once more at the end of the season regardless of the fact he has already proven he has the wherewithal to get the club promoted from Serie B. Meanwhile, Parma have fared no better with Roberto Donadoni than they did with his predecessor Franco Colomba, and so will likely look to make a change.
Bologna boss Stefano Pioli may become another victim of the merry-go-round, with the sudden availability of other coaches potentially seeing the reins at the Renato dall'Ara being passed to somebody new, as the Rossoblu have not convinced since he replaced Pierpaolo Bisoli in October.
UP IN THE AIR
There are a number of big decisions set to be made at some of Italy's big clubs in the next month or two. Massimiliano Allegri could pay the price if Milan fail to clinch the Serie A title over the next seven games. In addition, it may be left until the full fallout of the expected changes on several La Liga, Premier League and international benches is known before a decision is made on Allegri's future.
If a big name becomes available, his days may be numbered, but the Rossoneri's shortlist may well include different characters to before, with the likes of Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard having once been linked with the hot-seat. Trusty servant Mauro Tassotti should not be ruled out as an option.
With names such as Jose Mourinho, Roberto Mancini, Pep Guardiola and Laurent Blanc all being tipped to join Andre Villas-Boas on the job market in the summer, Inter may well find it too tempting to thank Andrea Stramaccioni for his work in the short term and move him along.
As Goal.com revealed back in March, there was an original plan to ask Stramaccioni to step in for the remainder of the season before handing the reins to Villas-Boas, but since then president Massimo Moratti has become less clear in his vision for next campaign, so there is still hope for the former Primavera coach to stay in charge beyond June.
Another high-profile name who could be set to change is Roma, with Luis Enrique's first season in charge having been punctuated by noticeable losses that have undermined the club's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Embarrassing defeats at Cagliari, Atalanta and Lecce have added to the two derby reverses against Lazio to make for a disappointing sixth position in the table, with little over a month left of the season, and the Spaniard's grand plan is not looking so rosy.
There is talk in the capital now that Didier Deschamps could be offered the job for next term, with Luis Enrique still regarded by some as the heir apparent to Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.
Massimo Ficcadenti has helped Cagliari to some improved results since taking over from Davide Ballardini, meaning a decent run-in could yet see him installed for 2012-13. Meanwhile, Serse Cosmi continues to keep Lecce in with a chance of a second successful battle against relegation in two years, and one has to believe that if he achieves the near-impossible, he will get another chance next term.
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