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OFFICIAL: Fiorentina sack head coach Vincenzo Montella
The former Roma and Sampdoria striker has been in charge of La Viola since 2012, in which he managed to lead them to the 4th spot in the league table for three successive seasons.
Fiorentina, however, have published a statement on their official website on Monday announcing that they have released Montella from his position.
“ACF Fiorentina view the recent actions undertaken by head coach Vincenzo Montella as a clear attempt to get out of a contract he signed two years ago because it includes a clause that he no longer holds to be in his interest, although he agreed to it at the time,” the statement read.
“It is therefore with great regret that we must recognize that the trust required to continue our relationship together has been lost and, for the good of the club, we have little option other than to relieve Vincenzo Montella of his duties.
“This sudden situation naturally causes organizational problems which we must now resolve as a matter of urgency.
“We would have expected to see the coach behave in a clearer, more respectful and less ambiguous manner towards the club and the fans that have given him so much,” the statement concluded.
FC Basel’s Paulo Sousa is reportedly the favorite to replace Montella as ACF Fiorentina’s coach next season. Sausa managed to win the Swiss Super League and reach the Champions League round of 16 in his first year with the Swiss team.
Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah joined Fiorentina on a six-month loan from Chelsea in January. Salah had a successful loan period with La Viola, scoring 9 goals and making 3 assists in all competitions.
Salah’s stay with Fiorentina could come to an end especially after the sacking of Montella as Calciomercato.com had previously announced that Salah informed Fiorentina that he doesn’t want to activate his buy-out clause. They mentioned that his reported stance could change if Montella stayed at the club.