Soccer: Serie A coaches' merry-go-round set to kick off

Napoli set to change boss, Milan, Inter Roma likely to as well

Soccer: Serie A coaches' merry-go-round set to kick off

(By Paul Virgo) Rome, May 21 - The end of the Serie A season last weekend kicked off a frenzy of negotiations that looks set to lead to a merry-go-round of changes in the top clubs' coaches. Juventus boss Antonio Conte is the only top boss sure of staying put after leading the Turin side to their second consecutive Serie A title. He had hinted that he might move on if he were not given guarantees about the club's strategy for the transfer market, but last week Juve announced that they had reached an agreement "to keep growing" together. Napoli, who have qualified for next season's Champions League after finishing second in Serie A, know they have to find a new coach as Walter Mazzarri has said he is leaving after four successful years in Naples. Napoli Chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis reportedly flew to London on Monday for talks with former Valencia, Liverpool and Inter Milan coach Rafa Benitez, who this month won the Europa League as interim Chelsea boss. Roberto Di Matteo, who led Chelsea to the Champions League title last year, will reportedly be Napoli's next target if they fail to reach a deal with Benitez. AC Milan Chief Executive Adriano Galliani has said that he will meet Massimiliano Allegri to discuss the coach's future on Wednesday. Allegri has another year to run on his contract but there is speculation he does not enjoy the full confidence of club owner Silvio Berlusconi and could move on in the closed season. Milan needed two late goals to beat already-relegated Siena 2-1 on Sunday and seal third place in Serie A and qualification for next season's Champions League preliminaries. They ended the season trophyless, like they did last term. Allegri led Milan to the Serie A title in his first campaign at the club, the 2010-11 season. "I'll speak to Allegri on Wednesday," Galliani said. "I'll see what he wants to do and then together with the chairman (Berlusconi), we'll make a decision in the light of what the coach thinks". Former Milan players Marco van Basten, Filippo Inzaghi and Clarence Seedorf are possible replacements for Allegri, according to media reports. Former Netherlands coach van Basten is currently in charge of Dutch top-flight side Heerenveen, Inzaghi oversees one of Milan's youth teams and Seedorf is playing for Brazilian side Botafogo after leaving Milan last year. Allegri is being heavily tipped to take over at AS Roma, who endured another disappointing Serie A campaign with a talented young squad, finishing sixth. The Rome club said Tuesday that they have not yet decided whether their current coach Aurelio Andreazzoli will stay on. Managers will hold talks with him on Monday, after Sunday's Italian Cup final against city rivals Lazio. Inter Milan Chairman Massimo Moratti, meanwhile, said Tuesday that he was reconsidering whether to keep Andrea Stramaccioni. Moratti had said several times that 37-year-old Stramaccioni would keep his job even though Inter have failed to qualify for European competition for the first time in 14 years. But the three-time European champions' meltdown at the end of the season, including Sunday's 5-2 home to defeat to Udinese, may have prompted a rethink. "We are having another look at the recent events," Moratti said. "We are reflecting so that we can understand what is best for Inter. "On the one hand we have the talent of Stramaccioni, a guy who will certainly be successful as a coach. On the other we have the current situation". Mazzarri is favourite to take over at Inter if Stramaccioni is dismissed.

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