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Just who is Giuseppe Sannino?

Slick, bald, modern, stern; Giuseppe Sannino looks set to take Watford by storm.
First of all, I’d like to go on record that I believe that the appointment of Sannino is a bold move. Although he has had his critics, it’s worth noting he’s always worked under exceedingly difficult circumstances.

Sannino is a highly experienced coach, with a wealth of modern ideologies, although his playing career was not particularly successful. He was rewarded with his first high profile job in June 2011, taking over the helm at Siena. He faced the momentous task of replacing the departing Antonio Conte, who of course moved onto pastures new with Juventus. Their initial aim was to merely survive relegation, regardless of their brand of football. They survived that season comfortably, as well as reaching the Coppa Italia Semi’s before losing to Napoli. Sannino received many plaudits this season for not only consolidating their place in Serie A, but also the style of football he enforced there.

In June 2012 Sannino agreed a two-year contract with Palermo. His time here was short lived and probably best ignoring. The chairman decided to remove him in September that year after achieving just one point in the opening 3 games. This was a ridiculous decision, he had no opportunity to really drill his ideologies into the players. Incredibly he was then rehired in March 2013, sparking a new lease of life at Palermo, resulting in much improved performances. He got them playing an attractive brand of football that they’d been missing, but was ultimately unable to prevent their inevitable relegation despite wins over Inter and Roma. His bold tactics were admirable during this period. He often approached games as huge underdogs with bold tactics, which resulted in becoming quite the notorious giant killer.


Next followed his short stint with Chievo this season, lasting just 3 months. A very unsuccessful period for the club, a real low point in his managerial career. As i’m sure you’ll be aware, he was sacked with them lying bottom of Serie A.

His tenure at Chievo is bound to leave a sour taste in many people’s mouths, as you would expect. But he has shown flashes of a great manager at times, but they’ve ultimately been over-powered by his failures.
This is a risky appointment by Watford, let me tell you that. He’s a consummate professional with a dictatorial like personality. A far cry from the niceness of Zola. Nevertheless, he’s an experienced coach, who may bring a breath of fresh air to Watford. Who knows, his failures so far may have made him stronger.



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