Coach Rolando Maran

Maran's Chievo side won few neutral admirers, but his rigid, physical style achieved consistent results for the Flying Donkeys.

A poor start to last season saw him sacked by the Veronese outfit, but his record in comfortably keeping smaller clubs in the top flight means it was no suprise when Cagliari appointed him to replace Diego Lopez.

The Sardinian side stayed up by the skin of their teeth last season, and Maran will be charged with bringing to the Isolani what he did to Chievo.