Monday, August 30, 2010

Japan opt for Italian journeyman as new Manager

The Japan Football Association (JFA) have finally ended their search for a new manager, by announcing that they have reached an agreement with 57-year old Italian Alberto Zaccheroni.

Zaccheroni is somewhat of a managerial journeyman, having managed 13 teams across his 17-year managerial career.

His most recent gig was as manager of Juventus, where he took charge in January this year, but was unable to turn their fortunes around, finishing seventh in the Serie A.

Zaccheroni is unlikely to receive a work-permit in time to take charge for the Blue Samurai's upcoming friendlies but will likely be watching from the stands. He has reportedly signed a two-year deal worth $2.36m, with a two-year option.

The JFA will hold a Press Conference in Tokyo tomorrow (Tuesday) to formally make the announcement.

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