In a move, akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, Ternana have decided to appoint former Lazio and Palermo midfielder Fabio Liverani as their new manager.
The 40-year-old former midfielder, whose managerial career to date does not make for overly encouraging reading, takes over with the club rock bottom and on a six-match losing streak. Tipped to be battling against the drop from the outset the Neroverdi have after a reasonable start to the season gone completely off the rails. Not only as said have they lost the last six but also nine of their last ten, showing that it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why they are last.
In truth though the problems for the club started before the season had even begun and they came within the shape of one Benito Carbone. An exciting and talented player the diminutive attacker has not been able to transfer this over into management, where his C.V. reads rather depressingly. This rather uninspired appointment along with fan unrest among Ultra groups has led to a rather disenfranchised atmosphere around the club this campaign. Which has evidentially seeped through into the players, who seemed to have accepted the clubs inevitable decline in Lega Pro for next season.
As for Liverani he enters into a club low on morale and with a squad that looks good on paper, if we magically time travelled back to 2005. Eight points from safety with 13 matches remaining Ternana are doomed, as further evidenced by their 1-2 home defeat against fellow relegation candidates Pro Vercelli at the weekend. More worrying for the club however is the fact that with the apparent funk that has settled in around the club relegation may bring about with it a rather long and depressing stay in Italy’s third tier.
Since taking over at Avellino Walter Novellino has done a very good job. Lifting the Lupi away from relegation danger and into mid-table the willy old tactician has once again shown that he has the knack of figuring out this league. At the weekend, however the club were bumped back down to earth and reminded that a lot more work still needed to be done. Humbled 0-5 at home by what it must be said is a good Perugia side might be the kick that the Campanian club needs to remind themselves to not rest fully on their laurels as survival is still not 100% secured.
As for at the top of the table it proved a good weekend for Verona, with both SPAL and Frosinone only managing 1-1 draws the Gialloblu’s 0-1 win away to a woeful Brescia side sees them move back within one point of the top. Meanwhile Benevento continue to lose a bit of ground on the top three as they failed to win for the third successive match after only drawing 1-1 at home against Salernitana.
The play-off positions continue to fluctuate as sides either jump in or drop out. Novara are the latest club to make it into the top eight, this on the back of four straight wins. While Spezia are the ones to drop out after a defeat to the infuriatingly inconsistent Carpi. Cittadella continue to hold on by their fingernails and as for Bari, just as it looked like they were getting their act together they go and lose to Virtus Entella. It really is turning into a war of attrition at the top and it is anyone’s guess who will be left standing by week 42.
How long can Cristian Brocchi hold on at Brescia. Woeful form and with the Ultras already against him it should only be a matter of time before the former Milan and Fiorentina player is given the sack.
Frosinone make the daunting trip to the San Nicola to face Bari at the weekend, a win there would really be a statement from the Canarini in their quest to return to Serie A.
Also, next weekend sees the bottom two Ternana and Trapani face off with both sides knowing that a win is paramount and that anything less is just another nail in the coffin.
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Week 29 Results:
Virtus Entella 2-0 Bari, Trapani 1-1 Latina, Ascoli 1-2 Novara, Avellino 0-5 Perugia, SPAL 1-1 Pisa, Ternana 1-2 Pro Vercelli, Carpi 1-0 Spezia, Cesena 1-1 Vicenza, Brescia 0-1 Hellas Verona, Benevento 1-1 Salernitana, Frosinone 1-1 Cittadella.