Serie B Preview: Ascoli

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Twice in recent years they’ve announced the start of a long term strategy and on both occasions their hopes ended in disappointment. With hindsight, letting go of Attilio Tesser after their relegation from the Serie A was a mistake and, whilst initially Ivo Iaconi had done well, in the long term he wasn’t too convincing.

So the club have turned to a new man – Nello di Costanzo – and the heralding of a new, patient strategy with long term goals. Di Costanzo has a good record in the lower leagues and his sole experience in the Serie B was promising even though it ultimately ended in disappointment with the financial meltdown of Messina.

During the summer, Ascoli lost Massimo Bernacci to Bologna but managed to include Christian Bucchi in the deal. Few strikers have Bucchi’s track record in this division and he’s the closest you’ll get to a sure fire bet. Otherwise, the side remains unchanged from last season meaning the inclusion of a certain Massimo Taibi (pictured) as regular goalkeeper with Roberto Benigni (no, not that one) as president.

Key Man: Simone Pesce
Best Bit of Business: Cristian Bucchi
from Bologna
Key an Eye out for…in demand midfielder Stefano Guberti

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