Asics take over Atalanta kits supplier, while the official sponsor was Somet Frames Textiles. Under Emilio Mondocini, Atalanta finished the 1996-97 season in mid-table, with Filippo Inzaghi who won the top scorer scoring 24 goals in 33 appearances and goalkeeper David Pinato instead kept a clean sheet for 757', setting a new club record. With the tragic death of Federico Pisani , who died February 12 1997 in an accident on ' Highway of the Lakes,his jersey number 14 was withdrawn.
1997-98 which the Ataslanta difficult season, relegation to Serie B and ending the season of Emiliano Mondonico. New forward Nicola Caccia and Cristiano Lucarelli had been taken to fill the departures of Filippo Inzaghi, Gianluigi Lentini and Domenico Morfeo.In Italian Cup Atalanta was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Parma.New coach Bortolo Mutti for the Atalanta 1998-99 season. With theNicholas Hunt, the only one to guarantee a certain level of contribution to goals, but unable to "make the department"