Stefano Pioli has been named the new boss for 2014-15. A defensive stalwart for Fiorentina, he immediately entered the coaching game following his 1998 retirement. After an unsuccessful and brief stint at Palermo in 2011, Pioli steadied the Bologna ship despite difficult circumstances off the field. His first two seasons in charge saw fine mid-table finishes, but he was unable to repeat the magic last term and was sacked in January. He is known for his ability to get the best out of his players.