Fiore coach quits after Serie A win, Venezia promoted

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano
ACF Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano looks on before during the Serie A TIM match between Atalanta BC and ACF Fiorentina at Gewiss Stadium on June 02, 2024 in Bergamo, Italy. 

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano has confirmed he is leaving the Serie A club after their season-ending win over Atalanta.

Fiorentina beat Atalanta 3-2 in their last game of the campaign on Sunday thanks to an Andrea Belotti double either side of a strike by Nicolas Gonzalez, all inside the first half, a week after the 2023-34 Serie A season concluded for the other clubs.

Ademola Lookman and Giorgio Scalvini scored for hosts Atalanta.

The game was postponed in March when Fiorentina's general manager Joe Barone was admitted to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest, one day before he died.

Fiorentina were beaten by Olympiacos after extra time in the Europa Conference League final on Wednesday when a late winner from Ayoub El Kaabi gave the Greek club their first major European trophy.

"I would play Olympiacos v Fiorentina again tonight, we were all convinced we could beat them. We all believed we could reach the end of the circle but we didn't succeed," Italiano said.

"The saddest moment was the loss of our director, the worst moment since I was in football. The love we had for him pushed us towards an emotional ending."

Italiano arrived at Fiorentina in 2021, leading them to two Europa Conference League finals and the 2022-23 Coppa Italia final, which they lost 2-1 against defending champions Inter Milan.

They finished eighth in Serie A this season, and will play in the Conference League playoffs in the upcoming campaign, while Atalanta finished fourth.

Venezia meantime, were promoted to Serie A following a 1-0 home win over Cremonese in the second leg of their playoff final.

After the first game ended goalless, a first-half strike by forward Christian Gytkjaer settled the tie.

Venezia, who finished third in Serie B, return to the top flight following a two-year absence.

They join the already promoted Parma and Como, who sealed their return to the Italian top tier earlier in May after finishing first and second.

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