We are pleased to announce that Italian coach Paolo Vanoli is our new manager.
The 49 year-old Italian coach has signed an initial deal until the end of the 2022/23 season, with the possibility of a further yearlong extension.
This will be Vanoli's first managerial job in senior football, but he has a rich background when it comes to coaching. From 2010 to 2017, Vanoli worked in the Italian youth system, notably leading the U-19 national team to the finals of the European Championship in 2016. After that, he was Antonio Conte's assistant in the senior national team.
That was merely the start of Conte and Vanoli's sojourn as Paolo joined the Chelsea coaching staff in 2017. In London, the pair won the FA Cup, before joining Inter Milan and lifting the Serie A in 2021.
In his playing days, Vanoli was a household name in Italy, and won both the 1999 UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia with Parma. Two years later, he won the domestic cup again with Fiorentina, and got capped twice for Italy in the process. Funnily enough, Paolo scored in all three finals that he played in. Moreover, the UEFA Cup final which Parma triumphed in was held at the famous Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Thus, Paolo has good memories of Moscow.
At Spartak, Vanoli will be joined by assistant manager Marco Donadel, goalkeeping coach Marco Zuccher, fitness coach Giampiero Ascenzi and analyst Andrea Bianchi.
On his arrival in Moscow, Paolo visited our stadium for the first time, took a tour of our infrastructure, and perused our museum with great interest.
Vanoli's first press conference will take place today, and it will be available to watch on our YouTube channel at 15:00 Moscow time, and 13:00 CET.
We welcome Paolo and his staff to Russia, and wish them the very best at our club!