Former Middlesbrough And Crawley Town Managers Linked With Italian Job

Italian legend Andrea Pirlo is under significant pressure at Sampdoria after his side suffered their fifth defeat of the season on Sunday, with a former Leeds United and Middlesbrough manager linked with the job.

After an uninspiring managerial debut with giants Juventus which lasted just one season before being dismissed, Pirlo moved to Turkey and became the head coach at Fatih Karagumruk where he lost his job once more.

In an attempt to revive his fledgling career, the 44-year-old returned to Italy, taking over at Sampdoria who had been relegated to Serie B last term. Unfortunately, merely eight games into his tenure, Pirlo is facing the sack.

I Blucerchiati are currently owned by a familiar name in English football, having been bought by ex-Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani who sold his shares at Elland Road during the summer and instantly acquired Sampdoria.

According to Italian outlet Il Secolo XIX, Pirlo’s time is up at Sampdoria and Radrizzani is looking at former Boro, Leeds and Swansea City manager Garry Monk as a potential replacement for the World Cup winner.

Monk was last seen in a dugout three years ago when he took over from Steve Bruce early into the 2019/20 season. However, that reign ended dismally with the Englishman losing his job in November 2020.

Il Secolo XIX are also claiming that the former Crawley Town head coach Gabriele Cioffi is another name on Radrizzani’s list to replace Pirlo.

Writer’s View

Cioffi has experience managing in Italian football, having coached Udinese and Hellas Verona, while doing an excellent job during his time in Serie A with the former so would be a decent appointment by Sampdoria if Pirlo does lose his job.

Meanwhile, Monk is a rogue shout and may need to brush up on his Italian if he is to take over at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium.

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