With reduced budgets due to Covid, Serie A is betting everything on technicians

The swirl of Serie A benches has already begun. The championship ended a few days ago, but there is no shortage of news among the coaches for next season. On the one hand, it is physiological that we increasingly change technical leadership in modern football. On the other hand, however, the phenomenon also has an economic implication. With the hardship caused by the pandemic, the growing financial needs, the reduced if not non-existent budgets, many clubs now prefer to invest an important chip on the coach rather than on the players. In the belief that a good coach can make even technically modest athletes more profitable and that sports victories can also result in a revaluation of the workforce. José Mourinho, while the others began the great maneuvers. From Inter that greets Conte to Juventus that evaluates a possible return of Allegri, after the difficulties of the year as a rookie of Pirlo, passing through De Zerbi who leaves Sassuolo to join Shakhtar Donetsk, in Ukraine.

The pinwheel

Disturbances initiated by Rome which closed the two-year period with Fonseca to rely on the Special One. A 7 million net deal for the first season, in which Mourinho also guaranteed 9 million from Tottenham expected after the separation for next season. In the second and third year of his contract, however, the help of the Spurs will fail, but bonuses related to results are foreseen for the Portuguese. He was the first “bang” of the coaching market, followed a few days later by the sensational farewell of Antonio Conte at Inter, with a scudetto on his chest and differences with the club, in full spending review. Conte leaves a contract that still provided for a net salary of 13 million (against 10.5 in the first year), for which he agreed on a severance pay of 6.5 million euros with a further agreement regarding a possible contract with a ‘ another Italian team by the end of the year. In the event that Conte returns to a Serie A bench before January, then he will renounce part of the severance pay. In the two years spent by the former national coach at the helm of the Nerazzurri, the club also took advantage of the benefits provided Growth Decree, as a Conte falls within the profiles of the so-called “impatriates”, ie those who have moved to Italy without having resided in our country in the last two years. His remuneration was therefore taxed only at 30%, guaranteeing Inter a saving from a fiscal point of view. A possible new contract would not provide for this facilitation but only if done with an Italian company.

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The Allegri case

Now Inter is looking for a new coach and has entered the race for Massimiliano Allegri, stopped for two seasons after leaving Juventus, another contender for the Tuscan coach along with Real Madrid. In the 2019 budget, the bianconeri had set aside a provision of € 15.7 million to the provision for risks for Allegri and his coaching staff, after the decision not to continue with the coach of the five consecutive league titles. An amount equal to the gross salary for the coach and his collaborators, but their contracts with the Turin club expired in 2020 and for a year, in fact, Allegri has been free to marry in any club. He is preparing to do so this summer, but according to the rumors of the last few weeks, his requests would be higher than the last agreement signed with Juventus. The competition from Real Madrid, in this sense, appears to be a difficult obstacle for the two Italians in the race, especially after Zidane’s decision to leave the merengues for the second time.

More hot names

The puzzle of the coaches of the next Serie A, for the rest, begins to see the first pieces positioning themselves in their place. Simone Inzaghi reached an agreement with Lotito to remain at the helm of Lazio, after being compared to Inter and Juventus, the latter still linked to Pirlo (who has a salary of about 1.8 million net per season) and until June 30, also in Maurizio Sarri (for which the club has set aside about 15.5 million euros following the exemption). The contract would also include a penalty of 2.5 million in case of non-renewal for the 2021/22 season, which obviously will not be exercised. Meanwhile, Sarri looks around for a possible return to the bench, after a year off, but not many open doors remain: Fiorentina has taken Gennaro Gattuso and the suggestive hypothesis of a second adventure in Naples appears distant, with De Laurentiis decided to close for Luciano Spalletti.

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Author: Sam Smith
Graduated from University of Oxford. Previously, he worked in various diferent news media. Currently, it is a columnist of the world news section in the Free News editors.
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