Almere City on Wednesday Michele Santoni appointed as a trainer. The Italian Dutchman is at the Jupiler League club, the successor of Jack the Vulture, the next season trainer of NEC.
The 38-year-old Santoni sign up for two years at Almere City and get Ole Tobiasen as an assistant. The Dane is currently in Russia, where he as a scout present for the Danish national team.
Santoni was last season assistant coach of Cagliari, which plays in the Serie A. Before that, he was at Internazionale in the technical staff of Frank de Boer, who he already knew from his time as a video analyst with Ajax. Almere City begins Santoni on his first job as head coach.
“I’ve always been of other trainers, in combination with work with the first team,” says Santoni. “The idea to stand on its own with a club in the First Division, appealed to me immensely.”
Technical director Robert Maaskant is obviously pleased with the arrival of Santoni. “Michele has during his career in football with multiple facets of the sport had to do and has therefore formed into a complete trainer with a distinctive vision. That Almere City FC him that chance, be grateful, fits completely in the innovative and idiosyncratic nature of this club.”
Almere City ran last season at the last minute promotion to the Premier league wrong. The team of the former coach and The Vulture won in the play-offs of Roda JC, but lost the decisive diptych of the County. Since NEC also promotion misliep, The Vulture his old team next season again.