Catanzaro, as sports director the favorite is Polito


By John

For the choice of sports director it's a matter of days, if everything will go well a couple or even less. The Catanzaro is tightening the net around the chosen one: the shortlist is narrowed down to three candidates, but in the last hours Ciro Polito has built up a decent lead on Davide Vaira And Giancarlo Romairone.
The Neapolitan sporting director still has another year left on his contract with Bari and here is the big coincidence in this story: if the Apulians hadn't had their eyes on Magalini, the Giallorossi would never have started the hunt for a new transfer man .
Polito was sacked by Luigi De Laurentiis after the playout against Ternana who avoided a relegation as sensational as the possible promotion to Serie A the year before, which vanished a few seconds from the finish line due to the goal of Cagliari's Pavoletti.
The parable of the forty-five year old – sanguine and outspoken – was consummated in less than twelve months in a cruel way, but it did not weaken the qualities that president Noto's club is seeing in him: someone with the broad shoulders to bear (practically alone) the pressure of a place like Bari will not have problems even in Catanzaro, nor will it be in difficulty in supporting the club in a delicate phase such as the post-Vivarini one.
It's true that the Eagles fans don't like him due to some over the top behavior in the direct clash between Catanzaro and Bari in Serie C two years ago, but certain things are never insurmountable: if he were to actually be the sixth sporting director of the Noto management, he will forget everything.
Polito brought Cheddira, Caprile and Folorunsho to Bari, people who exploded at “San Nicola” and then went to Serie A: he doesn't lack eye and football skills. Without forgetting that he had conquered Serie B on the pitch, before doing so with the Apulians, also as the architect of Juve Stabia. Coach Mignani shares him with Vaira, who are otherwise completely different in their ways of being and behaving.
The former Modena player left an excellent impression on the owner in the lunch meeting last Thursday and was in the lead at least until yesterday. In the last few hours he has lost ground, although he is not definitively cut off. After three seasons at Modena with a promotion from C and two years in B, Vaira was shown the door in Emilia towards the end of a championship, the last, which risked turning into a disaster: the conclusion however does not erase the three years of work for the Carrarese, forty candles to blow out in September, who didn't have a great career as a footballer, but quickly forged ahead in his managerial career, an obsession he's had since he was a teenager playing Football Manager. The start at Rapallo, then the roles of technical director first and then sporting director of Siena which contested the playoff final (with Mignani on the bench) at Cosenza in Braglia.
Romairone is a little more experienced than the other two (he is fifty-four years old) and is a free agent, having remained stationary in the last season after the end of his relationship – as general manager – with Triestina. Genovese, linked to Juventus technical director Cristiano Giuntoli, is however much further behind than his competitors: it is difficult to close the gap.