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..a statement that rings true in all walks of life. Why change something that works? After all, meddling could result in breakage. Yet in the case of Hellas Verona and in particular the new management team of president Maurizio Setti and sporting director Sean Sogliano, new foundations are being laid after two successful years under previous duo Martinelli and Gibellini. Perhaps wanting to stamp a new authority on the squad has resulted in the raft of changes seen in the squad, but were the changes necessary?
We all know the relationship between coach Andrea Mandorlini were never great.
Mandorlini believes Gibellini didn’t provide him with the striker he believes would have taken Hellas to Serie A(indeed, after victory at Livorno in December, Mandorlini hinted at a lack of dialogue with the SD, asking “Gibellini? Does he still work for Verona?”) Upon Gibellini’s exit in the summer, the new Como SD even accused Mandorlini of hitting him after defeat in last seasons opener with Pescara.
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Of the other new arrivals, Armin Bacinovic clearly stands out, even before his excellent goal against Modena in the opening game. Linked with Manchester United 12 months ago, the Slovenian will be hoping to shine with Verona and again be linked with the top clubs. Although Hellas will be sad to see Panagiotis Tachtsidis to leave, a replacement of Bacinovic’s quality helps heal the wounds. Simon Laner returns to where it all began for him, whilst in defence Vangelis Moras, an experienced Serie A campaigner has arrived to partner ‘Mimmo' Maietta.
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Overall, Hellas will be pleased with their transfer campaign, which could still change until Fridays transfer deadline. Despite last seasons excellent season, Mandorlini will be keen to expand his squad. Last season is forgotten and a new challenge awaits. Although almost every coach will always want new players, Mandorlini will be relatively confident he can get this new team to challenge towards the top.