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Giuseppe "Beppe" Sannino (born 30 April 1957) [1] is an Italian professional football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Budapest Honvéd FC.[2]

Giuseppe Sannino
Giuseppe Sannino 2014.jpg
Beppe Sannino in 2014.
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-04-30) 30 April 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth Ottaviano, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Budapest Honvéd FC (Head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1976 Varese 0 (0)
1976–1977 Milanese 1920 ? (?)
1977–1979 Trento 51 (6)
1979–1982 Vogherese 65 (18)
1982–1984 Fanfulla 64 (6)
1984 Pavia 0 (0)
1984–1985 Spezia 24 (1)
1985–1986 Vogherese 34 (0)
1986–1987 Vigevano ? (?)
1987–1988 Entella 28 (2)
Teams managed
1996–1997 Oltrepò
1998–1999 Biellese
1999–2001 F.C. Südtirol
2001–2002 Meda
2002–2003 Sangiovannese
2003–2004 Varese
2004 Cosenza F.C.
2005–2007 Lecco
2007–2008 Pergocrema
2008–2011 Varese
2011–2012 Siena
2012 Palermo
2013 Palermo
2013 Chievo Verona
2013–2014 Watford
2014 Catania
2015 Carpi
2016 Salernitana
2017–2018 Triestina
2018–2019 Levadiakos
2019 Novara
2019– Budapest Honvéd
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Born in Campania, Sannino relocated to Turin with his family after his father was hired by the Fiat automobile company in Turin. In his career, Sannino played as a creative attacking midfielder for several minor league teams, with Serie C2 club Vogherese being the one he became most associated with. Sannino retired from active football in 1988, after a lone season with Ligurian amateur club Entella.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

Beppe Sannino managing Varese in 2010.

Sannino entered into a coaching career in 1990, as responsible of the Allievi (under-17) team at Vogherese. In 1992, he became youth coach at Pavia, and one year later he worked with the same role at Monza. In 1996, he took his first head coaching experience at amateur Eccellenza club Oltrepò, ending the season in sixth place.[4] After a short stint as youth coach at Como, in 1998 Sannino took his first head coaching role in a professional league at Serie C2 club Biellese: this experience however turned out to be disappointing, as he was dismissed before the end of the season.[4]

In 1999, he took a personal revenge as he led Serie D club F.C. Südtirol to first place in the league, and then keeping the club into Serie C2 the following season. In 2001–02 he guided Meda, another Serie C2 club, but was dismissed again before the end of the season. In 2002–03, he then led Sangiovannese to sixth place in the Serie C2 league. Two other unsuccessful stints, both ended with him being removed from managerial duties, followed at Varese and Cosenza F.C..[5][6] In 2005, he took the reins of Lecco, guiding the small Lombardian team to a surprise promotion to Serie C1 at his second season in charge of the club.[4] This was followed by three more consecutive promotions: the first at Pergocrema (from Serie C2 to Serie C1), and the other two at Varese, where he was appointed by Sean Sogliano during the season and successfully guided the club from Serie C2 to Serie B. In his first season in charge of a Serie B club, Sannino led Varese to a remarkable fourth place and a spot in the Serie A promotion playoffs, then lost to Padova in the semi-finals.[4]

In June 2011, Sannino signed a two-year contract as head coach of newly promoted Serie A club Siena, taking over from departing boss Antonio Conte who was signed by Italian giants Juventus. The aim for the small Tuscan club was to escape relegation in what was going to be Sannino's first experience in charge of a top flight club.[7] In the 2011–12 season, Sannino managed to keep Siena safely out of the relegation zone, and also led the club to the Coppa Italia semifinals, then lost to eventual winners Napoli.

On 6 June 2012, Sannino signed a two-year contract as head coach of Palermo, only a few weeks after Siena director of football Giorgio Perinetti made the same move to Sicily.[8] His short-lived experience with the Sicilians ended on 16 September 2012, when club chairman Maurizio Zamparini decided to remove him from first team duties after achieving only one point in the first three Serie A games; he was replaced by Gian Piero Gasperini.[9] He was rehired on 11 March 2013.[10] Despite an impressive string of results with a particularly difficult calendar (including wins against Inter and Roma), however, he failed to keep Palermo in the top flight. He was appointed as Chievo coach on 1 July. However, he was sacked on 11 November.

On 18 December 2013, he was confirmed as new head coach of Watford.[11] On 15 March 2014, Sannino led Watford to a club record sixth consecutive home win in all competitions without conceding, with a 3–0 win against Barnsley.[12]

Despite winning four of the first five league games of the 2014/15 season, and with Watford sitting 2nd in the table, Sannino's future was subject to increased speculation following rumours of dressing-room unrest and some players taking a dislike to his management style. Sannino resigned from his position as Watford manager on 31 August 2014, his last game in charge being their 4-2 home win against Huddersfield Town the day before.

On 14 September 2014, Sannino returned into management, taking over as new head coach of Serie B club Catania.[13] His period as Catania boss, however, lasted only three months, as he resigned on 19 December following a string a poor results and strained relationship with the club's board.[14]

On 29 September 2015, he was appointed manager of newly promoted Serie A side Carpi.[15]

On 3 November 2015, it was announced that he had been relieved of his duties and he was replaced by Fabrizio Castori - the man he had initially replaced - as first team coach [16]

He was successively appointed new head coach of Serie B club Salernitana for the 2016–17 season, but resigned from his position on 30 November 2016 after having criticised the attitude of the club's supporters following a league home draw to Pro Vercelli.[17]

Sannino successively served as head coach of Triestina for the club's 2017–18 Serie C campaign, a job he left in February 2018 due to disagreements with the board, with his assistant Nicola Princivalli taking over from him.[18]

On 22 October 2018 he was named new head coach of Greek Superleague club Levadiakos.[19]

On 19 February 2019 he was named new head coach of Serie C club Novara.[20] On 5 May 2019 he was exonerated.

On 28 May 2019 he was named new head coach of Nemzeti Bajnokság I club Budapest Honvéd.[21]


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  5. ^ "Fine d' andata con il record di gol La Casertana riparte, Sannino no". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 20 December 2004. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Solo guai a Cosenza Si cerca la fusione". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 29 October 2004. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
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  11. ^ Smith, Frank (18 December 2013). "Watford confirm the appointment of Giuseppe Sannino as head coach". Watford Observer. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  12. ^ Matthews, Anthony (15 March 2014). "Watford make it a record-breaking six consecutive home games without conceding with Barnsley win". Watford Observer. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Maurizio Pellegrino sollevato dall'incarico, Giuseppe Sannino è il nuovo allenatore del Catania" (in Italian). Calcio Catania. 14 September 2014. Archived from the original on 19 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
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  17. ^ "Salernitana, Sannino si è dimesso: decisiva la frase infelice rivolta ai tifosi" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Triestina: Sannino si dimette" (in Italian). Il Piccolo. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Νέος προπονητής ο Giuseppe Sannino" (in Greek). Levadiakos F.C. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  20. ^ (in Italian). Novara Calcio Retrieved 19 February 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport Retrieved 28 May 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)