Fiorentina have sacked Vincenzo Montella after last night’s 4-1 home defeat to Roma, but will wait before appointing a replacement.
The decision was somewhat inevitable, as since returning to the Stadio Franchi on April 10, Montella has lost 13 of his total 24 Serie A games in charge.
He amassed only 19 points out of an available 72, including one point in the last six rounds, earned with a stoppage-time equaliser against Inter last week.
“ACF Fiorentina announces that Vincenzo Montella has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the first team,” read a statement.
“The decision was taken following a long and detailed analysis of the team's performances and results.
“Given the need to rediscover the necessary grit and determination on the pitch and produce an immediate turnaround, the owners and management decided that a change of coach was the best option.
“The club would like to thank Vincenzo Montella for his efforts and commitment in recent months and we wish him every success in the next chapter of his career.
“A new head coach will be announced in the coming days.”
Montella was brought back by the Della Valle brothers and confirmed in his job when President Rocco Commisso bought the club over the summer.
The first choice to come in would be Luciano Spalletti, a lifelong Fiorentina fan, but he is still under contract with Inter and needs to terminate that deal before he can sign a new one.
Other alternatives include Beppe Iachini, former Italy Under-21 coach Gigi Di Biagio and Cesare Prandelli.
According to Sportitalia and La Gazzetta dello Sport, Iachini is now the hot favourite and negotiating a six-month deal with option to extend.
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