Sunday October 6 2019
Pioli favourite for Sampdoria job

Stefano Pioli is the favourite to replace Eusebio Di Francesco on the Sampdoria bench after President Massimo Ferrero hinted at a dismissal.

While Beppe Iachini is also an option, multiple sources including Sky Sport Italia, Sportitalia, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport all point to Pioli.

The tactician turns 54 later this month and had been on the Fiorentina bench until he resigned in April following a disagreement with the club owners.

Before that, Pioli had spells at Chievo, Palermo, Bologna, Lazio and Inter.

The 2-0 defeat to Hellas Verona left Samp propping up the table with one win and six losses in the opening seven rounds.

Even more concerning than the results are the performances, as Di Francesco has been unable to give the team an identity or any sense of determination.

“We are all disappointed, it's clear for all to see what is happening,” Ferrero told Sky Sport Italia.

“We will get together, have a meeting and I will make a decision on what is best for Sampdoria and for Di Francesco too.

“We're a little stunned right now by what we've seen. So we wait until tomorrow to talk it over and make the decision for what is best for Sampdoria.”

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