Rodgers looks to add depth
Bologna head coach Stefano Pioli has committed his future to the
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara before the managerial merry-go-round spins
into life at the end of the Serie A season.
An impressive revival in the second half of the Rossoblu
campaign saw Pioli’s men pull well clear of the bottom three with a
top-10 finish a faint possibility should other results accompany
three points at Genoa.
The Parmesan tactician has been linked with the expected
vacancies at Napoli and Roma but, after leading Bologna to victory
over Emilian rivals Parma, he quickly reaffirmed his commitment to
his current club.
He told La Repubblica: “There are no ifs or buts… I’m staying
“I know that a lot of people leave their answers hanging at this
point in the season but I’ve already decided. I’m definitely
staying at Bologna. That’s my choice.
“I feel satisfied, gratified and held in high esteem here and
this project is yet to really get off the ground. There are no ifs
or buts, I’m staying.”
With defenders Nicolo Cherubin, Mikael Antonsson and Roger
Carvalho, goalkeeper Gianluca Curci and midfielder Lazaros
Christodoulopoulos unavailable through injury, Pioli could hand
more game time to second-string players including stopper Dejan
Stojanovic, who impressed in Parma.
“It was an important win for the lads and I’m happy for them,”
Pioli added. “There were several guys out there that haven’t played
much this season and I have to thank them too.”
Sunday’s game might have been a last-ditch battle to survive for
Genoa had the remaining relegation issues not been decided last
A point from the Grifone’s goalless draw against Inter Milan
confirmed both Siena and Palermo’s fate, allowing president Enrico
Preziosi extra time to consider the future of coach Davide
In what would be a bizarre twist, the toy wholesaler could turn
to Luigi Del Neri, who was sacked in January after losing nine of
his 13 games in charge.
He told the Corriere dello Sport: “Ballardini does not have a
contract with us, Del Neri does. And Del Neri is a good coach.
“I can’t deny that I’m thinking about him, because he is great
when working with teams from the very beginning of the season.”
Midfielders Marco Rossi, Cristobal Jorquera and Ruben Olivera
join defenders Cesare Bovo and Damiano Ferronetti on the treatment
The Reds boss accepts another season without Champions League
football will affect how much he has to spend this summer and leave
them trailing behind the sides above them – with the exception of
Owners Fenway Sports Group are likely to put up about ?20million
for new players with the manager needing to sell to raise
But he hopes to avoid the mistakes of last summer and believes
the changes made to backroom staff during his first season in
charge will help.
“I think there will be a natural transition in the summer
because we need to improve our depth because the squad was very
shallow,” he said.
“You want to do your business as early as you can and we will
look to reinforce but come the beginning of the season we would
hope to have a squad ready to challenge.
“The scouts are doing a terrific job – they are leaving no stone
unturned in order to get us the players we need. “