Stunningly, Fiorentina have sacked manager saying their decision was down to a lack of respect over recent comments the coach made. Montella guided La Viola to a fourth-placed finish in Serie A this season, but recent reported comments made by him towards the club’s supporters brought about Monday’s decision with two years remaining on his contract.
Fiorentina released a statement which read:
“ACF Fiorentina views the recent actions undertaken by head coach Vincenzo Montella as a clear attempt to get out of a contract he signed less than 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.
“It is therefore with great regret that we must recognise 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. 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 40-year-old former Italy striker took charge at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in June 2012 and led them to the 2014 Coppa Italia final – where they lost 3-1 to Napoli – in his second season at the helm.
The news comes just days after Fiorentina honorary president Andrea Della Valle made the following statement with regard to Montella:
“The club is waiting to be informed of exactly where our head coach Vincenzo Montella stands, in accordance with what was agreed and the transparency shown thus far. Given the respect that we all owe to the club and our fans, it is imperative we resolve the situation without further delay.”
In response to that statement, Montella, who made almost 200 appearances for Roma during his playing career, told violachannel.tv on Friday:
“I am surprised by the club’s statement because we have been discussing the technical plans for the future for months and I believe that, precisely out of respect for the fans and the club, clarity is required, with or without me. That said, I am the coach of Fiorentina and I am prepared to go on being the coach with professionalism and enthusiasm.”
But the club decided they would be moving forward without Montella on Monday, with Basel coach Paulo Sousa linked to succeed the Italian.
Fiorentina’s statement continued:
“This sudden situation naturally causes organisational problems which we must now resolve as a matter of urgency.”