A self-confessed pupil of Fabio Capello, Luigi Cagni, Luciano Spalletti but particularly Zdenek Zeman’s methods, Eusebio Di Francesco is a firm believer in his all-attacking 4-3-3 formation. The system enabled Sassuolo to enjoy a maiden promotion to Serie A in 2013, while bringing out the best in young attacking talent such as Domenico Berardi and Richmond Boakye.
Di Francesco was sacked by the club in January 2014, only to be re-appointed little over a month later. His second stint in charge of the side bore the lessons of his ill-fated time at Lecce in the top flight and his first spell with Sassuolo. Ensuring Serie A survival twice was an achievement, but getting sixth place and qualifying for Europe made history.
It's because he is allowed to work at a club that continues to grow that Di Francesco ignored calls from top teams to extend his Sassuolo contract in 2016.