Four Premier League destinations for Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella
Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella, a 21/20 chance with Coral to steer his side past Spurs in the Europa League by winning their last 32 second leg meeting in 90 minutes, has revealed he wants to coach a Premier League club in the future.
A former Fulham loanee as a player, ex-Italy international Montella earned the nickname ‘the Little Aeroplane’ based on his goal celebrations, most famously for Roma, and he could once again land in English football.
“One day, I would like to [manage in the Premier League],” Montella said. “I know very well that it is a journey but I’m learning English and after that, who knows?
“I like English football very much. I’m inspired by the work of coaches like Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini, who did very well indeed at Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.
“Both showed they were great managers during their time in England and what they did was a great advert for Italian coaches. In my opinion, the coach education in Italy is the best, certainly at a tactical level.
“My time at Fulham was a wonderful experience and I would have liked to have stayed in England for longer but perhaps at that stage of my career I wasn’t in a position to handle such a quick, physical game.”
This got Coral football experts thinking where might be a good fit for Montella if he were to make a Premier League move this summer? We’ve got our heads together and come up with four potential destinations for this highly-rated young coach.
Ronald Koeman remains committed to Saints, but has widely been tipped to replace Luis Enrique as Barcelona boss. The Dutchman played for the Nou Camp club, and a return to Catalonia, should any approach materialise, may prove to be too alluring to resist.
Montella would have compatriot Grazino Pelle to work with at St Mary’s and, being a former striker himself, could teach the current Azzurri international a thing or two. Southampton are 11/4 shots to finish in this season’s top four.
West Ham United
Contract talks with current Hammers boss Sam Allardyce have been shelved following a downturn in the east London outfit’s form. Montella might not have that connection with the Upton Park faithful like Slaven Bilic and Paolo Di Canio but, if there’s one club that prides itself on nurturing emerging talent, then it’s West Ham.
Having coached the likes of 6ft-plus striking trio Khouma Babacar, Alberto Gilardino and Mario Gomez in Florence, Montella should have some idea how to get the best out of currently sidelined Hammers target man Andy Carroll. Montella would also be also lend a sympathetic ear about the player’s injuries too, after experiencing Viola star Giuseppe Rossi’s nightmare knee problems.
If Montella wanted a challenge, then he should look no further than the Tyneside team. Better known for their French connections, the Italian could become the talk of the Toon with John Carver only assured of being head coach until this season ends.
Newcastle’s business model under controversial owner Mike Ashley has revolved around developing players and selling them on. Montella is used to this already, as at Fiorentina the likes of Juan Cuadrado, Alessio Cerci, Stevan Jovetic and Adem Ljajic have all been cashed in on.
The Hoops are in a similar situation to Newcastle when it comes to coaching. Like Carver, Chris Ramsey has got the Loftus Road gig until the end of the season, and any hope of him keeping that job hinges on steering QPR to safety.
And much can be said for Montella. He would not entertain taking up the reins in west London if the Hoops were a Championship club. Should QPR stay up (5/4), then the light of London might be a lure for him.