It has come to the point where Fiorentina supporters have become fed up with the lack of ambition from club patrons Andrea and Diego Della Valle and now the Florentine side needs someone to purchase the club fast.
Since 2002, the Della Valles have owned the Tuscan club but aside from building the club up after it went bankrupt, their reign has not produce silverware domestically or internationally.
This summer the Gigliati have had an exodus of playing personnel such as Federico Bernardeschi, Borja Valero, Ciprian Tatarusanu, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Cristian Tello, and Matias Vecino, who were important footballers for the club.
General director Pantaleo Corvino has replaced those players with youngsters like Nikola Milenkovic and Rafik Zekhnini as well as unknowns such as Vitor Hugo and Bruno Gaspar but it will be a massive challenge for new coach Stefano Pioli to make them fit into the Fiorentina side quickly.
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There are other footballers returning from loan spells such as Andres Schetino, Matias Fernandez, Jaime Baez, and Ante Rebic but it is doubtful that these players aside from Mati Fernandez have the quality to improve the side.
This has turned out to be a case of poor timing for Pioli, who has to work with limited resources. He might have to promote youth academy players like he did at Parma in 2006/07, when the likes of Luca Cigarini and Daniele Dessena featured regularly for the Ducali.
The Della Valle family have put the club up for sale but nobody has showed any serious interest so far.
It would be ideal to sell the club to foreign owners because an Arab, Chinese, or Russian investor would likely increase the club’s transfer funds. Inter and AC Milan have been bought by Chinese businessmen in the last year or so and perhaps more Italian clubs could follow that trend.
For those who want to maintain a bit of tradition and keep the club Italian-owned, it is unlikely that any Italian businessman is willing to spend millions of Euros on players so implementing a youth policy would be convenient.
Fiorentina’s squad has been dominated by foreign players in recent seasons so focusing on Italians might be the way to go. Youth product Federico Chiesa had a breakthrough campaign in 2016/17 so maybe he should be seen as an example and the Viola should grant other kids opportunities to gain valuable experience.
Unfortunately patience is lacking in Italian football and there is often demand for instant success. The clubs that have scouted players from obscurity and placed faith in young talent are teams that have been playing in Italy’s lower divisions.
Regardless of who takes over from the Della Valle family, new ownership is needed immediately. A passionate football city and place with the history of Florence needs and deserves a competitive side but the current administration is destabilising Fiorentina.
The Viola needs direction, leadership, and investment and the Della Valle family won’t provide that anymore.