No matter how we feel about the playoffs, the fact is, we are facing another season in Serie B.
We have many players on co-ownerships and loans, and a good deal of the players we do own outright are probably bound to leave.
Players on loan (*=diretto di riscato):
Davide Zoboli* (from the f**kers themselves)
Filippo Antonelli Agomeri*
Julio César León
Luigi Alberto Scaglia*
In addition we have these players on co-ownership deals:
Mario Salgado (w/ Foggia)
Danilo D'Ambrosio (w/ Juve Stabia)
Nicolás Gorobsov (w/ Vicenza)
Rachid Arma (w/ Spal)
Basically, we will probably see no more of the players on loan that we don't have a clause to buy. Out of those who do have it, I would like to keep D'Aiello, Garofalo, Pestrin, and maybe Scaglia. As for the co-ownerships, I would like to hold on to Gorobsov and D'Ambrosio, maybe Arma if we lose Bianchi, but I think there are better players out there.
Speaking of that, we actually hold outright the contracts of very few players: Sereni, Morello, Gomis, Rivalta, Ogbonna, Rubin, Vailatti, Gasbarroni, Belingheri, and Bianchi.
I'm thinking we can probably keep our goalkeeping contingent, they are excellent for the level of play in Serie B. Rivalta is no help, and I wouldn't mind if we sold him. I'd love to keep Ogbonna, but a load of EPL and Serie A clubs have been sniffing around him, so I can only hope we can get a good a transfer fee as possible. Rubin was also linked to greater things a year or two ago, but recently he seems like Toro and Serie B and the lower reaches of Serie A are his level of play right now, and I'd like to keep him.
Would love to keep Gasba, and I don't know of too much interest in him yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if a Serie A club swoops for him. Vailatti is a mixed bag. He is still young and has had impact on occasion. I would like if we gave him a chance, but if the right offer comes in, I say sell him. Belingheri I think we can and should keep.
As for Bianchi, I think he really enjoys playing for Toro, and maybe it's just me, but I think he'd rather be at Toro contending for promotion than a relegation fighting Serie A club. That being said, a number of clubs will certainly be sniffing around him this summer.
On the other hand, we do have a number of players coming back from loan:
David Di Michele
Some of these players I doubt anyone, in the management or fans, would want back, namely those involved in the incidents in January. Players I don't want to see back here regardless of ability are: Pisano, Colombo, Diana, Zanetti, Säumel, Di Michele, Pratali. So here's hoping Atalanta buy Zanetti and Bari buy Pisano. Atalanta were relegated, though, so we might have to find another taker.
I would like to see Dzemaili come back in an ideal world, but he is fitting in well in Serie A, Parma seem to want him (we will get 3.5 million for a half-share though) and I doubt he will want to play next season in Serie B. Malonga has quite a low buy-out clause, like 1.7 million I think, so it would be very disappointing to lose him, but I think Cesena will go ahead and buy him. Abbruscato's buyout clause is higher (something around 4 million I think) and I doubt Chievo will want to pay it, so it is likely he will come back, and I would welcome him back, he can do a job for us in Serie B. The only other player on that list I haven't mentioned, Bottone, I think has a good deal of promise, and I hope he plays with us next season.
On to the management situation, it seems as though Cola will not stay. I kind of wish he owuld, though he was not as good as I thought he might be this season, though a big problem was the players. Even so, his tactics today have occasionally been poor. No idea as to who might replace him yet. Ventura at Bari was linked, but it looks like he will stay there, so we will see.
I sincerely hope Cairo does not f*** things up and somehow lose Petrachi, as he was the catalyst for our January market and subsequent rise up the table in the second half of the season. If we are to get promoted next were, more of the credit will likely be his than Cairo's.
So that was a long post. Your thoughts?