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Fiorentina appoint Paulo Sousa as new manager, set for talks with Salah
Fiorentina have announced the appointment of former FC Basel manager Paulo Sousa as a replacement for Vincenzo Montella, who was sacked from his position as manager of the Florence-based side on the 8th of June.
The announcement has come a couple of weeks after the sacking of Montella as a result of a disagreement with the club’s board. The former AS Roma, Catania and Fiorentina manager was sacked as a result of a breach of conduct following his open criticism of sections of Fiorentina supporters towards the end of the season for ridiculing his player.
Fiorentina released a statement shortly after, slamming his comments made to media, stating “Fiorentina have interpreted the recent behaviour of coach Vincenzo Montella as the clear desire to break from a contract legitimately signed two years ago. So, with great regret we must take note of the fact that there is no longer the relationship of trust necessary for the continuation of any relationship, and we are therefore forced, for the good of the club, to sack Vincenzo Montella.”
Fiorentina have today released a statement confirming the appointment of Paulo Sousa as his replacement, following Sousa agreeing to terminate his deal with FC Basel after a solitary season in charge, citing differences in direction of the club moving forward as a catalyst to the contract termination. “ACF Fiorentina is delighted to announce that an agreement has today been reached with Mr Paulo Sousa for him to become the new first-team Coach of the Viola,” the club statement read.
A press conference is due to be held tomorrow in Florence to unveil the new manager, with terms of his contract to be made public following the signing of the deal.
One of Sousa’s first priorities after taking over would have to be the resolution of the situation currently ongoing with on-loan Egyptian Mohamed Salah.
Salah, who enjoyed a solid half season in Italy following his loan move from English Premier League champions Chelsea, has the option of staying another year in Florence, but only he has the final say on the extension.
There has been no indication as of yet as to whether this option will be used, with Salah reportedly on the radars of many European sides following his performances on both a club and international level as of late. The reported interested parties include Atletico Madrid, AC & Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma.
According to Calciomercato.com, Salah will meet his new manager for crunch talks on Wednesday to discuss his future with the club.