By Andrew Cesare Richardson, ESPN writer
Fiorentina have not made a decision over a new manager following Stefano Pioli’s resignation, sources have told ESPN FC.
Following Saturday’s 1-0 home loss against second bottom Frosinone, Fiorentina announced they would take 48 hours to assess the club’s situation — leading to speculation Pioli would leave his position.
That has now been confirmed, with assistant Giacomo Murelli taking training — and sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that no decision has been made over a permanent successor.
Pioli, a former Fiorentina defender, took over as manager at Artemio Franchi in 2017, following the departure of Paulo Sousa.
And he received widespread praise after helping a young Fiorentina side overcome the tragic death of former captain Davide Astori in March 2018.
However, after a relatively successful summer transfer window in which they kept hold of highly-rated Federico Chiesa and added goalkeeper Alban Lafont, as well as attackers Kevin Mirallas and Marko Pjaca, expectation was great the club could achieve European qualification.
Fiorentina are in 10th place in a season where all of the teams above them remain in realistic contention for the final Champions League place.
La Viola remain in the Coppa Italia semifinals — with their 7-1 victory over Roma in the quarterfinals one of their highlights of the campaign — and face a second leg against Atalanta on April 25, having drawn 3-3 at home in the first meeting.
They travel to Juventus on Saturday, where a defeat would see their rivals crowned champions for an eighth consecutive season.