Floriana appoint Potenza as coach
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Floriana appoint Potenza as coach

Floriana have appointed Vincenzo Potenza as their new coach ahead of the 2019/2020 Premier League season, the club announced on Wednesday.

Potenza, who will be in charge of his second Maltese club after managing Senglea Athletic in the previous season, will take over from fellow Italian coach Guido Ugolotti at the helm of the Greens. 

He will be Floriana's fifth coach in five seasons following Luis Oliveira, who had two spells at the club during these five seasons, Giovanni Tedesco, Nicolas Chiesa and Ugolotti who took over last November. 

In a statement on their official website, Floriana said that president Riccardo Gaucci and Potenza have already spoken about in which direction they want to steer the club.

"I am honoured to be appointed as coach of Floriana, and I am determined the club towards our objectives", Potenza told the club website. 

Naples-born Potenza made a name for himself as coach of Senglea, after pulling the Cottonera outfit out of the bottom place and steering the club towards salvation on the final day of the season. 

Moreover, Potenza also had a hand in maximising the potential of local players including Leighton Grech, who also earned a national team call-up, and youngster Zach Cassar. 

Potenza is also one of the finalists for the MFA Best Coach Award alongside Italian coaches Giovanni Tedesco, of Ħamrun Spartans and Hibernians' Stefano Sanderra. 

Last season, Floriana finished eighth on 32 points and were eliminated in the third round of the FA Trophy. 

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