Serie A Managers on the Chopping Block

Sumeet Paul@italiafootyContributor IFebruary 26, 2013

PALERMO, ITALY - JANUARY 30:  President Maurizio Zamparini (R) speaks with Coach Gian Piero Gasperini at Tenente Carmelo Onorato Sports Center on January 30, 2013 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
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Regular followers of Serie A will be all too aware of the managerial merry-go-round that continues throughout the season. Notorious for their opinionated and fiery owners, clubs in Italy are often making changes at the top.

It is a celebrated fact that so many home-grown tacticians are in charge of clubs in the top tier, with Lazio the only team with a foreign coach in Vladimir Petkovic.

However, with a number of teams struggling at the wrong end of the table, there are question marks over several individuals in the midst of the business end of the season.

When discussing fiery chairmen and managerial changes in Italy though, the first name that will always come up in conversation is Palermo patron Maurizio Zamparini.

With a history of sacking managers at will, Zamparini has been no less quiet so far this season as he welcomes Gian Piero Gasperini back for his second stint at the club, and the fourth change of the campaign.

The Rosanero started the season with Giuseppe Sannino, who only lasted until September. He was replaced by Gasperini who was then sacked in February, and was himself replaced by Alberto Malesani.

To add to all the confusion and disruption, Malesani lasted just three games before being sacked, with Zamparini recalling Gasperini.

Palermo are currently rooted to the bottom of the Serie A table, and unless Gasperini can get an immediate reaction from the players, it is difficult to look beyond him for the first man on the chopping block given Zamparini's track record.

Elsewhere, fellow strugglers Genoa, Siena and Pescara will all be feeling the strain as they look to escape the relegation zone.

Davide Ballardini and Giuseppe Iachini will no doubt be looking over their shoulder as they fight to preserve Genoa and Siena's Serie A statuses respectively.

However, it is Pescara boss Cristiano Bergodi who could be in the most trouble, as earlier this month Roma made the decision to part ways with Zdenek Zeman.

Given Zeman's work at Pescara last season, where he played a vital role in their promotion to Serie A, should Bergodi fail to inspire his men to move away from the drop the temptation to bring back Zeman could have an adverse effect on Bergodi's future.

However unlikely his potential sacking, Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni has also been made to deal with his fair share of pressure.

After the highs of emerging as genuine title contenders after their win over Juventus in Turin back in November, the Nerazzurri have slightly faltered domestically.

While their form in Europe hasn't suffered, Stramaccioni couldn't quite get it right in Serie A, but the fact his side remain just three points adrift of third place suggests he won't have to worry about his future just yet.

Going forward, Inter owner Massimo Moratti has backed his coach to produce the results when speaking to the official Inter site, and after their Derby draw on Sunday against Milan, they will both hope they can now put together a run of results to leap-frog Lazio and their city rivals.