Gudja United have accepted Andrea Agostinelli’s resignation from his position of first-team coach and handed the reins of the team to assistant coach Ludvic Bartolo, the Times of Malta can confirm.
On Tuesday, the Premier League club committee convened to discuss a letter of resignation handed in by Agostinelli on Monday after he was offered the job of coach of Serie B side Benevento.
Gudja United said that in his letter of resignation, Agostinelli never mentioned that he was approached to take over the reins of Benevento but cited family reasons for his decision to part ways with the club immediately.
“The coach spent a couple of days in Italy for the Easter festivities,” Gudja United said in a statement.
“The letter of resignation arrived at 9pm from Rome where a request for his resignation was made for family reasons and therefore asking to stay close to his relatives.
“At the same time of the receipt of the letter of resignation, a news report started to circulate on various sports websites that Serie B side Benevento Calcio was set to appoint Andrea Agostinelli as their coach.
“Today, April 11, 2023, Andrea Agostinelli led his first training session with Benevento Calcio and this before the Gudja United committee could discuss his resignation. Therefore the committee decided, that irrespective of the reason behind Agostinelli’s resignation, the club does not feel the need to have Andrea Agostinelli at the club even though his resignation could have been done in a more respectful way towards the club, technical staff, players and supporters.”
Following this decision, Gudja United have handed the reins of the team to assistant coach Bartolo who will be assisted by physical trainer Alessandro Moricone.
Bartolo will take charge of the team for the final Premier League matches against Valletta on Friday and Ħamrun Spartans on April 22.
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