Genoa next manager odds
Genoa next manager after Davide Nicola
Davide Nicola – Genoa
Nicola is no stranger to Italian football or indeed to Genoa as a club having started his career and spent the majority of his playing career at the Liguira club. A defender by trade, Nicola began his footballing career with Genoa, graduating from their academy in 1992 and playing for them for nine happy years. During this time, Nicola appeared 166 times for the club, scoring four goals and becoming a fan favourite. He was part of the side which won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1996, a now-defunct trophy contested between four English and Italian teams on a yearly basis.
During his time with Genoa, Nicola went out on several loan spells, most notably to Pescara in the 1998-99 season but also to Ancona and Fidelis Andria. When he left on a permanent basis it was to Ternana in 2002. He spent five three years with the club, making 94 league appearances and scoring five goals. He also made a loan move during this time, to Siena in his final season as a Ternana player.
From there, Nicola spent time with Torino, Spezia and Ravenna before playing three final years with Lumezzane to finish his 19-year career as a player. He stayed with Lumezzane in his managerial days, managing them from 2010 to 2012 before moving to Livorno later that same year. He spent a further two years with Livorno in his first prestigious managerial role and then moved on to fellow Serie A side Bari.
He spent a season with Bari before moving on to Crotone and then finally a struggling Udinese in 2018. He was poached from Udinese by Genoa on the 28th of December and the loyal fans there will be hoping he is the man to turn around their fortunes.
Given that the Genoa board have already got through three managers in 2019-20, one would expect that Nicola will be given more time to implement his ideas than the two previous managerial incumbents. The club currently lie in second-bottom place in Serie A, just a point from safety. With some talented players at his disposal and a very good CV of managerial accomplishments, Nicola’s reign will be seen as an abject failure should he be unable to save the club from relegation to Serie B.