Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport has just released its annual reports of Serie A coach salaries, and if you thought Fiorentina had slumped down to mid-table on the field, you'l be glad to know they have off it too. Stefano Pioli rocks in at 10th, earning an admittedly sweet €1.1m per annum, coincidentally in-line with Sampdoria's Marco Giampaolo. Given Fiorentina's penny pinching summer this comes as no real surprise.
Interestingly, Pioli is pipped by Bologna's Roberto Donadoni who makes a marginally more impressive €1.2m annually. Just above Donadoni sit two of Serie A's standouts coaches last term, Simone Inzaghi and Gian Piero Gasperini, who earn €1.3m each. Not paying the big bucks for their coach is clearly not alien to Fiorentina in recent years, however it’s clear the lack of financial clout on the pitch is mirrored given Pioli's middle of the table salary. Pioli may have previously bargained for more given he was having to coach Nenad Tomović, however since the Serb's departure the middle-of-the-road salary is certainly justifiable.
Predictably, the big hitters swing in at significantly more, with Massimiliano Allegri earning a chart topping €7m per annum, likewise Luciano Spalletti is clawing in an admittedly less impressive €4m per annum, but still, it's nothing for the poorly facial haired stoney faced Italian to sniff at.
However, funnily enough, if anyone is doing better post Viola, which admittedly isn't a wholly new concept, it’s Vincenzo Montella. Montella is managing to pull in a remarkable €3m per annum from the pockets of Milan's Chinese owners, who, frankly, probably know as much about the source of this cash as Montella does.
A full breakdown can be found here: