2014-15 SERIE A REVIEW

CAGLIARI

2014-15 review

Serie A Pts P W D L F A
18th 34 38 8 10 20 48 68

Coppa Italia: Round of 16 / Team rating: 3 / Top scorer: Sau (7)

A club sale triggered the type of managerial merry-go-round only possibly in Italy, with relegation thereafter an inevitability, writes Adam Austin.

Chaos and capitulation

It all looked so hopeful when long-time owner Massimo Cellino –famous for chopping and changing Coach–departed the club after agreeing a sale to former Inter director Tommaso Giulini.

Someone accustomed to running an elite club would bring a sense of balance and patience to the Rossoblu, or that was the hope. Indeed ‘a precise and ambitious project’was promised by the outgoing owner to comfort fans.

However, with the first two Coaches only achieving two wins each during their respective stints in charge, this season was always going to be an uphill battle.

Long winless runs interspersed the occasional draw and even rarer victory, as it became clear that there was precisely no plan, and the ambition was only to avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth.

The first coaching change saw the experienced Zdenek Zeman replaced by former Isolani hero Gianfranco Zola on Christmas Eve. His reign got off to a terrible start as Palermo pummelled his side into the ground in a 5-0 romp.

After picking up two wins against Cesena and Sassuolo, Zola was sacked and replaced by a returning Zeman, on the back of a six-match winless run, culminating in a 2-0 defeat to Sampdoria.

Zeman, however, only stayed for five games before resigning after only picking up a single point. The final appointment of the season saw Gianluca Festa take over and Cagliari finally performed to a respectable standard .

He recorded 13 points in his seven games in charge, including four wins - double what either of his two predecessors could manage - but the team closed out the season being booed off the pitch by the distraught supporters.

The Coach - Zdenek Zeman (Weeks 1-16, 27-32), Gianfranco Zola (Weeks 17-26), Gianluca Fiesta (Weeks 32-38)

Controversial Czech Coach Zdenek Zeman returned to a Serie A bench for the first time since leaving Roma in 2013, and recorded only two victories before being relieved of his duties. His replacement, Gianfranco Zola, only managed the same number before being replaced by a returning Zeman who would leave again after five games. Gianluca Fiesta took charge for the remaining seven games and picked up a respectable four wins and a draw amongst two losses.

Player of the Year - Marco Sau

The club’s top scorer with seven League goals, the 27-year-old Italian could not save his side from the drop. Not always a starter –as it to be expected when you have three managerial changes during the season –but as likely as anyone to rescue a result for Cagliari as they fought a losing battle.

Did you know?

- Cagliari scored the most goals out of any team in the bottom seven

- The Isolani picked up 13 points in their final seven games, which is one more point than second placed Roma.

- Cagliari went on an 11 match winless run from February to April. The only team to do worse was Cesena, with an 18 match winless run.

Squad

No Pos Player Apps Gls Assists
1 GK Simone Columbi 3 (0) - -
27 GK Alessio Cragno 14 (0) - -
28 GK Werther Carboni 0 (0) - -
44 GK Zelijko Brkic 21 (0) - -
2 D Alejandro Gonzalez 9 (3) 0 0
3 D Nicola Murru 6 (2) 0 0
8 D Danilo Avelar 29 (2) 4 3
14 D Francesco Pisano 12 (1) 0 0
15 D Luca Rossettini 32 (0) 3 3
21 D Antonio Balzano 21 (4) 0 2
32 D Luca Ceppitelli 22 (3) 0 0
33 D Marco Capuano 12 (3) 0 0
34 D Dario Del Fabro - - -
37 D Mobido Diakite 8 (1) 0 0
18 M Nicolao Barella 1 (2) 0 0
5 M Daniele Conti 17 (1) 1 0
7 M Andrea Cossu 19 (3) 2 2
4 M Lorenzo Crisetig 26 (2) 0 1
16 M Daniele Dessena 21 (7) 1 2
30 M Godfred Donsah 13 (8) 2 1
10 M Joao Pedro 15 (14) 5 2
20 M Albin Ekdal 32 (1) 5 1
22 M Josef Husbauer 0 (2) 0 0
29 M Mattia Muroni 0 (0) 0 0
90 A Duje Cop 9 (7) 4 0
17 A Diego Farias 20 (9) 6 3
9 A Samuele Longo 9 (18) 0 0
40 A Paul-Jose Mpoku 14 (2) 3 1
13 A Caio Rangel 0 (6) 0 0
25 A Marco Sau 20 (8) 7 5