Saturday December 21 2013
Baggio up for Bologna bench

Roberto Baggio is the surprise favourite to replace Stefano Pioli as Bologna Coach, followed by Gianfranco Zola.

The Rossoblu face Genoa on Sunday at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview, but it’s reported even a victory might not be enough to save Pioli.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, President Albano Guaraldi has been in talks with Baggio’s agent Vittorio Petrone over the last few days.

Baggio famously revived his playing career at Bologna in 1997-98, scoring 22 goals in just 30 Serie A games.

His return as Coach would provide a huge marketing opportunity for the Stadio Dall’Ara side, as since retiring the Divine Ponytail has worked for the Italian Federation.

He walked away in January 2013, complaining his 900-page plan to transform youth academies was “completely ignored.”

Baggio has never worked as a Coach, but earned his qualifications for the role in July 2012.

Another option for the Bologna bench is Zola, who this week resigned from his role as Watford manager.

Serse Cosmi and Alberto Malesani are other alternatives.