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OFFICIAL: Montella takes over at Fiorentina

The once and future Vinnie is back.

ACF Fiorentina v AC Chievo Verona - Serie A
Happier times.
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Capping off a rather mad 24 hours, Fiorentina have announced that Vincenzo Montella will take the reins at the club in relief of the recently-resigned Stefano Pioli. The former AS Roma star’s contract will reportedly run until the end of 2021, giving him plenty of time to assemble a squad that will reflect his footballing philosophy. The move leaves former Roma and Sassuolo boss Eusebio di Francesco out in the cold after he was reported to have agreed to terms with the Viola to take over at season’s end.

For those who haven’t been Viola fans for very long, Montella was appointed manager of the club back in 2012 after a brief but successful stint with Cagliari. He took a side that had finished 13th the year before up to 4th, where he kept them for the next three seasons before a very public falling out with the Della Valle brothers about further investment in the transfer market saw him fired.

Tapped as one of the most promising managers in the world after his marvelous job with Fiorentina, he crashed out at Sampdoria, AC Milan, and Sevilla in the next three years and has been out of a job since getting the sack from los Rojiblancos. His teams generally try to dominate possession with a midfield three that’s tasked with starting intricate passing moves that carry them into the final third. While this brand of play has undeniable aesthetic merits, it hasn’t proven successful since he left Florence, which is a cause for concern, especially since the Viola currently lack any midfielders with the technical quality to implement his usual system.

It’s also worth remembering that, although most fans remember Montella fondly, he knocked heads with the Curva Fiesole several times and already left the Della Valles on bad terms once; there are also rumors that he and Pantaleo Corvino don’t see eye to eye (we’ve heard from numerous sources that Diego Della Valle insisted on the Aeroplanino despite his sporting director’s reservations), which could lead to more front office chaos as the Crow moves on. All this is to say that, despite having a new coach, Fiorentina are far from settled at the moment, and there could be a lot more changes on the horizon.