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Technical coach at US Salernitana: former Bayern star Franck Ribéry (right), here with head coach Davide Nicola.
Technical coach at US Salernitana: former Bayern star Franck Ribéry (right), here with head coach Davide Nicola. © IMAGO / Buzzi

The US Salernitana kicks out Franck Ribéry’s boss after a bitter defeat. Shortly after, the Italian Serie A club withdrew.

Munich/Salerno – His new workplace is only about 50 kilometers from the postcard idyll of Positano. Here, on the edge of the legendary Amalfi Coast, Franck Ribéry started his second run in late autumn 2022.

Franck Ribéry: former Bayern star in Italy, from player to technical coach at US Salernitana

The former speed dribbler of the FC Bayernnow 39, he joined US Salernitana as a technical coach after winning the serie a club he had to end his playing career due to persistent knee problems.

Last May, after a sensational run to catch up with footballers from the port city of Campania (average audience: 19,900), the outside attacker had just managed to stay on top of the Italian league. During this stage, Ribéry was temporarily the captain of the Italian club, who replaced him after the end of his career. really wanted to keep. At the US Salernitana, the former star experienced the soccer bundesliga but now a really strange episode.

In the video: Due to knee problems – ex-Munich Franck Ribéry ends his career

Because: After a recent negative phase that included a 2:8 thrashing at the weekend against Atalanta Bergamo Salerno fired head coach Davide Nicola. Thus the boss of Ribéry, with whom the French should maintain a close relationship of trust. To recapture northern Italy’s 49-year coaching career just two days after he was sacked.

Franck Ribéry: Former Munich boss sacked in Serie A and brought back

Club president Danilo Iervolino likely withdrew his decision after a conversation with the coach, who was celebrated as a relegation hero last year, he writes. table football. Nicola himself said on Facebook: “I took responsibility for the 8-2 defeat against Atalanta Bergamo. Now we start again together and we want to continue making football history.”

Things weren’t so bad for the southern Italians in autumn, who at the end of October first beat their relegation rival Spezia Calcio (1-0), and then away at lazio rome (3:1) won. What Ribéry commented on Instagram at the time with the words: “3 important points: fighting spirit, courage and desire to win. I’m proud of you! You were true MEN on the field.”

Franck Ribéry: former Bayern player with US Salernitana back in the battle for relegation from Serie A

In five consecutive games, Salernitana -with assistant Ribéry on the coaches’ bench- scored at least ten points. But in November, shortly before the World Cup break, the fall followed.

Of five league games since then, he has only added one point for the 16th table, which, on January 18, was still nine points behind the first relegation zone. But: On the next day (Saturday, 6:00 p.m.) the sovereign leader of the table arrives SSC Naples to the iconic Stadio Arechi (29,700 seats). So Ribéry’s boss should perform better. (p.m)

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