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Enzo Potenza to arrive in Malta on Wednesday to finalise appointment as new Valletta FC coach

Enzo Potenza is leading the race to take over as Valletta FC coach. Photo: Joe Borg

Valletta FC are closing in on the appointment of Enzo Potenza as their new first-team coach after agreeing a deal in principal with the Italian coach.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Times of Malta reported that the Citizens had set their sights on appointing Potenza as their new first-team coach.

On Monday night, Valletta FC issued a statement to announce that they had decided to part ways with head coach Thane Micallef after only four matches into the season.

The Capital club decided to effect coaching change after an inconsistent start to the season that saw the team pick up just one win from their opening four matches.

Negotiations with the Italian coach were continuous during the past 24 hours and an agreement in principal was reached on Monday afternoon.

The former Floriana and Santa Lucia coach is expected to arrive in Malta on Wednesday morning to iron out the final details before finalising his move to the Citizens.

The Italian coach has enjoyed a positive coaching career in Maltese football since his arrival in 2018 when he managed to help Senglea Athletic secure Premier League survival after taking over the team during the season.

From then he moved to Floriana and under his charge the Greens were crowned as Malta champions in the 2019-20 season.

The Italian last term was handed the job of rescuing Santa Lucia from the Premier League drop midway through the season and he managed to steer the side to safety after defeating Żejtun Corinthians in the promotion/relegation play-off.

Once negotiations with the Valletta FC top hierarchy are completed, Potenza is expected to start his work immediately and will take over the team’s training camp.

The Italian will have ample time to prepare the team for their next Premier League match against Marsaxlokk on October 22.

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