The former Genoa defender began his coaching career at Lumezzane in 2010, then took Livorno to promotion into Serie A in 2013. He was fired in January 2014 and recalled a few months later, although it was too late to stop their slide back into Serie B.
He was brought in by Bari mid-season and steered them to mid-table safety, but was given the sack in December 2015.
At Crotone, Nicola will forever be idolised in the terraces for steering the club to safety in their debut campaign in Italy’s top flight. The challenge this season will be to solidify in lower midtable.
Nicola also experienced tragedy, as in July 2014 his 14-year-old son Alessandro was killed when hit by a bus near his home.