Thiago Motta has been announced as Genoa’s new manager after the Italian side sacked Aurelio Andreazzoli on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old, who played for Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Genoa, will be officially presented on Wednesday afternoon after taking charge.
The club made Andreazzoli’s departure official on Tuesday on the back of a difficult run of form that left them in 19th in Serie A, dismissing a manager who only arrived in June in favour of Motta.
Motta takes charge of a Genoa side who have lost six of their last seven games, and are currently one point off the foot of Serie A, resulting in Andreazzoli’s firing.
It is Motta’s first senior management role, although he has been in charge of PSG’s Under 19s since hanging up his boots in 2018.
Genoa President Enrico Preziosi believes Thiago Motta will “surprise everyone” as the club’s Coach.
“He has clear ideas and great quality,” Preziosi told Il Secolo XIX
“I’m sure he’ll surprise everyone. He has the same grit from when he was a player. He’s someone with 13 balls.
“He knows Genoa well, he’s seen all our games: he knows what needs to be done to revive this team.”
Motta will be in the dugout on Saturday night when Genoa welcome Brescia in the league.