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Sampdoria lining up Montella as Zenga replacement?

Reports suggest that Sampdoria chairman Massimo Ferrero is on the verge of sacking current manager Walter Zenga

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Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero is keen on appointing former Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella, according to reports in Italy after fast losing patience with current manager Walter Zenga. Appointed in the summer, Zenga has overseen four defeats, four draws and four wins so far for the blucerchiati. After last night's 2-0 home defeat to Fiorentina, supporters reacted angrily and called for him to be sacked, whilst journalist Alfredo Pedulla reports that the club owners have called a summit to discuss the former azzurri goalkeeper's future after a disapointing start.

If Sampdoria do sack Zenga and do want Montella as a replacement, there is a small sticking point. L'aeroplanino is technically still under contract with the viola and there is a release clause of €5 million, should he want to join another team. Despite this, there could be a mutually beneficial solution to be found between Ferrerro and the Della Valles, as Fiorentina are still paying their former coach's wages. That said, this is not the first job that Montella has been linked with, after having been strongly rumoured to be a candidate for the Bologna vacancy before the appointment of Roberto Donadoni. As Sampdoria have not even sacked Zenga yet, this one is very much a case of wait and see.