Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Novellino lands Toro job

Torino have appointed Walter Novellino as their new coach on a two-year contract.

The 54-year-old former Sampdoria coach replaces Gianni De Biasi who left the club last week despite helping Torino win their battle against relegation from Serie A.

"Torino are pleased to announce that a two-year contract has been agreed with Walter Novellino," read a statement posted on the club’s website. "President Urbano Cairo wishes to welcome Novellino, an experienced and competent Coach, who will start a journey with the club leading to Torino’s growth and development."

Novellino started his playing career in Torino's youth system before playing for Perugia, Ascoli and AC Milan. "I'm pleased to coach a club as prestigious as Torino, where I grew up as a player," he said. "I already have clear ideas for the future of the team."

As a coach, Novellino won promotion from Serie B with Venezia, Napoli and Piacenza before repeating the feat with Sampdoria in 2003.

In 2004/05 he led the Blucerchiati to fifth place and UEFA Cup qualification. Last season Sampdoria finished ninth and qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Torino were 17th, avoiding relegation by just one point.

[Serie A 2006-07 Managerial Changes]

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