The Future Ex-Roma Manager Power Poll: Post-Derby Edition

Jasper Juinen

It's only been two games, but they've been big ones.

Frankly, two games is not enough to be reassessing one's qualifications for the managerial position. Unless this is Italy. Which it is. And let's be honest, if Zamparini owned Roma, Zeman would be back in charge, but only after he checked up on any legal rights in ferrying Claudio Ranieri back across the Med because of a contractual loophole. But he doesn't, so Aurelio it is. For now.

There are lots of reasons to reassess the Power Poll actually, so why the hell not?

Future Ex-Roma Manager Power Poll: Post-Derby Edition

1a. Vacant

Here's the deal: right now, it's not Aurelio. He was knocked off the perch when he didn't beat Lazio because he was teetering with the loss to Palermo, the worst team in Serie A. He has three floppy fish in three separate barrels coming up - Torino, Siena, Pescara - but those are expected points. He's only accomplishing basic tasks with victories in those matches, making it a no-win for him. There is also the fact that the initial new coach-burst could have burned out, and teams are scheming better against Roma than previous. The unknown is only effective until it becomes known. He's now known, and so too is Roma. The switch to a more fluid back two-point-five with DDR when in possession, not unlike Enrique's "four-man back", was a certain degree of flexibility, but it's going to take more than that.

Right now, it simply appears that the new coach will be one who hasn't been considered. Unless....

1b/Limbo. Walter Mazzarri.

Previous: 2nd

And here's why he's a kinda-sorta pick: there are heavy rumors that he's re-upped with Napoli. There is the chance that someone like Pioli would re-up to nab a better contract while Bologna protects itself, but not Mazzarri. He'll have suitors, thus there's no need. If he signs, he stays.

Until he inks a new deal, he's the top pick. If he has re-signed, then remove him from the list entirely.

2. Manuel Pellegrini

Previous: 3rd

And suddenly, there lies a problem with this selection. While the world may see getting Malaga to within a hair of the Champions League semifinals as some sort of stroke, he arguably handed the spot to Borussia Dortmund with one move.

There are a lot of things Julio Baptista can't do. He can't cut to the left. He can't touch the ball with any semblance of grace or finesse. He can't seem to pick his head up when outside the box. But what he can do, better than nearly anyone on the planet, is kill a clock, and that's not a joke. When both he and Francesco were on the pitch from the 85th minute on and Roma had a one-goal lead, that match was over. Over. Over. To borrow something from baseball, he's a closer. He's Trevor Hoffman's changeup circa whenever. The Brazilian Dennis Eckersley. That one year from Bobby Thigpen. The dude can simply shut down a game with his strength and ability to hold off the opponents at the flag.

Take him off in the final minutes of a match with a one-goal lead and you deserve to lose. No one yanks Daniel Day-Lewis before the big monologue; Julio Baptista is the Daniel Day-Lewis of the corner flag. (Bet you expected that line at least once in your life.)

I'm far more serious about this than perhaps I should be, but that decision arguably cost Malaga a Champions League semifinal. The devil is in the details, and the details win matches. For a club with financial issues on the level of Malaga, this wasn't a small loss. Do those making the decisions in Rome know this? I don't know. If you hadn't watched Julio Baptista's matches over several years, I'm not sure anyone would know just what he brings to the table in this respect, which means it's unlikely to influence any desire to run after Pellegrini.

3. Laurent Blanc

Previous: 6th

The options are going to be lacking, franckly, so reassessing how much they're willing to offer Blanc - in years and euros - should happen, and with an increased degree of seriousness. He's a good coach, a proven quantity, and let's be honest about one thing: France produces incredible talent and he'll know where to go get it. If we're approaching this as coach + potential suitcase full of footballers, I like the former coach of the French NT the best and so should you. Walter too. (Blanc's currently among the favorites for the Inter job as well.)

This option is growing in my eyes, personally. Actually, I'd be perfectly happy if he was the coach. Right now, even.

4. Max Allegri.

Previous: 5th.

He's moved up a slot, but dropped in likelihood, as that vacant non-entity appears to be assuming a massive cloud over the rest. The consideration isn't so much Milan's desire for another coach, but more the options. Who's worth canning Allegri, particularly with their current form so improved, in the pile of potential coaches? If Klopp goes anywhere, it's Chelsea. They're not hiring Mourinho. There's one name I can guarantee has been fielding phone calls from Galliani that hasn't leaked to the press to the appropriate degree - you know him affectionately as The Grand Imperial Poobah - but that seems a difficult take as well. The list of available coaches does not appear to be bountiful, nor does any candidate who'd be willing to jump ship appear to be all that alluring.

They might as well sit on Allegri and wait to see if Pep goes 34-0-0 with Bayern, wins the CL and decides he's bored already in Bavaria so he'll jump ship after only one year.

5. Cesare Prandelli + One

Previous: 3rd

Though I do believe he's going to linger near the front of the minds that matter until he decides what to do after Brazil 2014, one thing is becoming readily apparent, more so in the last two weeks, which is arguably the most important change since the last: Italy is not getting that fourth Champions League spot back for a long @#$%ing time. Not simply the fact that German clubs are winning, but the manner in which they're doing it: these aren't flukes built on a CV padded by cheap Europa League results, which is how they got the fourth spot in the first place. They're better football clubs now. If Roma is to become a perennial Champions League squad, they need an excellent coach yesterday, not tomorrow, and not in 2014. There is a sense of urgency beating ever louder now.

6. Roberto Mancini

Previous: 7th

I don't like this feeling.

I really don't like this feeling.

He should be (much) higher than this, which is decidedly unsettling.

7. Stefano Pioli

Previous: 10th

As names drop, his chances become more likely. Is he worth a stiff buyout? Nope. Is he the perfect coach to be given a chance for a season then casually knock on Cesare's door and see what he's up to? Yup.

Call it a summer fling. Maybe it works out, maybe it doesn't. Not a big deal either way, but at least he'll be wearing something skimpy. (Maybe Diamanti.)

8. Roberto Donadoni

Previous: N/A

Never a fan, but he's not a bad coach. Just stubborn. And I hate him. And he's slightly overrated. And mostly I hate him. There are rumors that Silvio wants someone from the Milan family - which I suppose is code for Max didn't understand the bunga bunga rules when he signed on - for the coach's slot, but is it worth removing Allegri for Donadoni? I don't see how. Not that logic has ever dictated Milan's personnel moves.

He also just signed a contract extension. Firmly in the, "And why would they hire him again?" category.

9. Vincenzo Montella

Previous: 9th

This might as well be 99th. He's an idiot if he leaves Firenze for anywhere but Milan right now.

Unless Jovetic leaves. For Rome. Which is way more feasible than anyone may realize considering their increasing need to offload Osvaldo and relative willingness to fling big transfer fees around, paired with Fiorentina unerstanding they can't keep Stevan forever. Fifteen million plus Osvaldo and the floor is open for negotiations.

I need a minute.

10. AA

Previous: 1st

Yup. Let's be honest: his leash was so, so short that losing to Palermo alone might've killed it. And this is as much a result of what's happened around Roma as what's happened with Roma. He will get a head coaching offer somewhere in the summer, and for everyone involved, it's probably best it's at a club with lower expectations than Roma. The Champions League is not happening now and truth be told, Europa League is looking Coppa-dependent. Roma's getting figured out.

The players do seem to love him, however, and it'll be very interesting to see how he handles this whole Osvaldo situation which is bound to become an absolute shitstorm. Aurelio can go a long way in redeeming himself in the Coppa - particularly with Inter only having Tommaso Rocchi's carcass available - but they really need to push for a Champions League spot next year, and for that, someone with a certain pedigree will be preferred.

11. Roberto Muzzi

Previous: N/A

For real.

12. Christian Panucci

Previous: 8th

Again with the whole "unknown quantity" bit. Not only that, but his first non-playing role was in an office, not the sidelines. His personality - at this age - strikes as someone who might be a good coach one day, but a first job with dreams such as this one? Not likely.

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