Former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta will return to his old stomping grounds as the newly appointed manager for Genoa FC according to the club’s official website.
Before arriving to take the managerial position, Motta began his coaching career with PSG. Upon retiring in 2018, the Italian quickly became the next manager for the U19 with the capital club’s youth system. Motta held an essential place in the youth system, helping mold and prepare young players for their senior careers, whether it be with PSG or elsewhere.
Now Motta has a more difficult task at hand; keep Genoa from being relegated to Serie B. The Rossoblu currently find themselves with only one win through eight matches and occupying 19th place in the table. Despite only being four months on the job, the poor form of Genoa led to the sacking of Aurelio Andreazzoli.
— Genoa CFC (@GenoaCFC) October 22, 2019
Even with their terrible start, Genoa only finds itself one point behind U.S. Sassuolo Calcio, who’s the first team clear of the relegation zone. Furthermore, Andreazzoli wasn’t working for them. Instead of making the mistake of waiting longer to see if he could turn the ship, management decided to sack him to save their season.
Nonetheless, it’s still a challenging position for the former Parisien to take considering the squad is a mess, both defensively and offensively. On attack, Genoa has only mustered a measly nine goals in eight matches while conceding 20 so far this season. Motta will have his hands full as he looks to turn Genoa’s season around.
Hiring a former player as a manager with little to no experience is always risky. However, it looks like Geona will roll the dice, hoping this Motta experiment works out in their favor.
Motta’s first game at the helm of Genoa will be Sunday against Brescia.
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