Former Floriana and Birkirkara manager steps up to Serie A

Giovanni Tedesco takes over as coach at Palermo today against Carpi saying 'it’s a dream come true.'

Giovanni Tedesco during training with Palermo
Giovanni Tedesco during training with Palermo

Following his appointment as Palermo coach, former Floriana FC and Birkirkara FC manager Giovanni Tedesco said “it’s a dream come true.”

“I am moved and excited, as sitting on this bench is a dream come true,” Tedesco, a former Rosanero player, said.

“I want to thank President Maurizio Zamparini for the opportunity and the fans for the welcome I was given. I have to make the most of this chance to grow professionally.”

Following his stint in Malta, Tedesco has been named Palermo coach because manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto does not have the necessary paperwork, but the pair work together in training.

“I get on well with Schelotto’s staff and thank him for the welcome. Guillermo is very capable and we discuss everything every day, so there is a strong sense of collaboration.

“I will try to help him and his staff with my experience of Serie A and Palermo. Where do I see my future? I am ambitious and want to continue being a Coach. I’d be happy to carry on working with Schelotto to the end of the season, otherwise if I go then that’s no problem.”

It has been a chaotic campaign for Palermo, as Beppe Iachini was sacked, Davide Ballardini followed, then over the last two games there have been two different caretaker managers – Fabio Viviani and Giovanni Bosi.

A former footballer, Tedesco played with several Serie A clubs including Fiorentina, Genoa and Palermo.

Tedesco was the coach of Floriana during the 2014/2015 BOV Premier League. Tedesco then took over the reigns at Birkirkara during the 2015/2016 season, but was dismissed after a 4-0 defeat to Valletta.

Even though, Tedesco may have left Birkirkara mid-way through the season, he was full of praise for Malta as it had a major contribution in launching his coaching career.

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