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Updated: Floriana in advanced talks to appoint former Juve winger Camoranesi as coach

Brian Said named as new assistant coach

Floriana FC are in advanced talks to appoint former Juventus winger Mauro Camoranesi as their new first-team coach, the Times of Malta can confirm.

The Greens are looking for a new first-team coach following the departure of Gianluca Atzori.

Initially, Floriana FC were looking to bring a Maltese coach at the club and had targeted Darren Abdilla.

However, Sharlon Pace, the Gżira United president, made it clear that he had no plans to part ways with Abdilla and his assistant Andrew Cohen and reconfirmed them for the upcoming season.

Here, Floriana FC turned their sights on the foreign market and after making a shortlist of candidates they opened talks with Camoranesi with a view of offering him the job.

It is understoond that talks between Floriana FC and Camoranesi are at an advanced stage and that the former Juventus winger is expected to sign his contract in the coming days.

After a glowing playing career, which saw him win a Serie A title with Juventus among the others. However, his biggest moment of his career was helping Italy to the 2006 World Cup title, when defeating France in the final in Berlin.

Should Camoranesi accepts Floriana’s offer he will be come the third high-profile football figure to have taken the role of coach at the Greens.

In fact, in previous years, Floriana had former Perugia midfielder Giovanni Tedesco in charge of the first-team and help them win the FA Trophy in 2015.

Then, the Greens handed the reins of the team to former Fiorentina and Cagliari striker Luis Oliveira before then turning to Gianluca Atzori in 2021.

At Floriana, Camoranesi is set to be assisted by former club stalwart Brian Said who was confirmed in the new position on Saturday.

“Floriana Football Club is thrilled to announce former club captain Brian Said as the team’s new assistant coach,” the club said in a statement.

“Brian Said spent eight seasons with the Greens in two stints during his playing years winning the FA Trophy in 2011.”

Said has enjoyed a distinguished career with Floriana and his arrival will surely provide much-needed experience in the club’s technical staff ahead of the upcoming season.

Floriana are coming from a disappointing Premier League campaign which saw them fail to challenge for a place in Europe in the championship while their FA Trophy title defence came to an end in the opening round, following a defeat to Sta Lucia.

The former Malta international defender spent the past four seasons at the helm of Luxol St Andrews but decided to end his spell at the Saints last term after helping them to secure their status in Malta’s second-tier for another campaign.

Floriana FC have announced that former stalwart Brian Said will return to the club in the position of assistant coach.

“Floriana Football Club is thrilled to announce former club captain Brian Said as the team’s new assistant coach,” the club said in a statement.

“Brian Said spent eight seasons with the Greens in two stints during his playing years winning the FA Trophy in 2011.”

Said has enjoyed a distinguished career with Floriana and his arrival will surely provide much-needed experience in the club’s technical staff ahead of the upcoming season.

Floriana are coming from a disappointing Premier League campaign which saw them fail to challenge for a place in Europe in the championship while their FA Trophy title defence came to an end in the opening round, following a defeat to Sta Lucia.

The former Malta international defender spent the past four seasons at the helm of Luxol St Andrews but decided to end his spell at the Saints last term after helping them to secure their status in Malta’s second-tier for another campaign.

Said is expected to work closely in a new technical set-up at the club as they are currently looking to appoint a new first-team coach following the departure of Italian mentor Gianluca Atzori.

Sources have told the Times of Malta that the Greens are currently speaking with a number of candidates for the job and the club have drawn a three-man short-list from the job.

No names have been divulged yet but the coaches in talks are one Dutch, another from Spain and the other is Italian.

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