Leonardo Menichini

Leonardo Menichini (born December 11, 1953) is an Italian football manager and former player. He was last in charge of Salernitana.

Leonardo Menichini
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-12-11) December 11, 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth Ponsacco, Italy
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1975 Verona 2 (0)
1975–1976 Novara 29 (0)
1976–1978 AS Roma 52 (0)
1978–1981 Catanzaro 73 (0)
1982–1985 Ascoli
1985–1987 Triestina
Teams managed
1993–1996 AS Roma (assistant)
1996–1997 Cagliari (assistant)
1997 Napoli (assistant)
1998–1999 Bologna (assistant)
1999–2000 Perugia (assistant)
2000–2003 Brescia (assistant)
2003 Ancona
2005 Sassari Torres
2005 Tirana
2006 Livorno (assistant)
2008–2010 Lumezzane
2010 Crotone
2010–2012 Crotone
2012–2013 Grosseto
2014 Pisa
2014–2016 Salernitana
2016–2017 Reggiana
2018 Lucchese
2019 Salernitana
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



A defender, Menichini played for several top-flight teams, including AS Roma and Catanzaro, the latter under coach Carlo Mazzone.[1]


Following his retirement from playing football, Menichini became a coach, serving alongside Carlo Mazzone from 1993 to 2003 with top-flight teams such as Cagliari, AS Roma, Napoli, Bologna, Perugia and Brescia.[1] In 2003, he accepted an offer from newly promoted Serie A team Ancona to become the biancorossi's boss; however, his first experience as head coach proved to be unsuccessful, since he was sacked after four weeks in charge of the team.[2][3][4]

On February 2005, Menichini returned into football, replacing Salvo D'Adderio at the helm of Sassari Torres, who were in danger of relegation in the Serie C1,[5] and then leading his side to maintain their own place in the third-highest Italian division.[6]

Menichini then moved to Albania, as head coach of KF Tirana in 2005–06; he was however sacked on November 2005 due to disagreements with the board, leaving the club in second place.[7] He then returned to work alongside Mazzone from February to June 2006, during the latter's unsuccessful spell as Livorno head coach.[8]

On April 2008, Menichini was appointed as new head coach of Serie C2 promotion hopefuls Lumezzane, replacing Mario Petrone, who was sacked following a string of four consecutive defeats.[9] Under his tenure, Lumezzane qualified to the promotion playoffs and ultimately won them, thus ensuring a place in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2008–09. He was subsequently confirmed at the helm of the club for the upcoming season.

In June 2010 he was appointed head coach of Calabrian side Crotone for the club's 2010–11 Serie B season.[10] He was dismissed on 27 November 2010 after a 1–2 home loss to Vicenza, leaving Crotone in 11th place after 17 games.[11] He was reinstated as Crotone head coach on 20 February 2011, following a string of negative results that led to the dismissal of Eugenio Corini.[12] On 23 January 2012 he was finally sacked.[13]

From 18 December 2012 to 10 February 2013 he then served as head coach of Grosseto in Serie B. On March 2014, he then served as new manager of Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Pisa until the end of the season.

On 18 August 2014 he was named new head coach of Lega Pro club Salernitana.[14]

On 30 September 2017, he was fired as the head coach of Serie C club Reggiana.[15]

On 9 May 2019, he was appointed manager of Salernitana.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Un compagno di scuola di Zac guidera' il Perugia" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  2. ^ "Campionato 2003" (in Italian). La Domenica Biancorossa. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  3. ^ "Salta la prima panchina di serie A Menichini lascia l' Ancona a Sonetti" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 2003-09-30. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  4. ^ "Ancona's agony ends". ESPN SoccerNet Europe. 2004-04-15. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  5. ^ "Cambio nel Giulianova E' Cuttone l' allenatore" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2005-02-15. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  6. ^ "Marchini salva la Torres" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2005-05-09. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  7. ^ "TACCUINO" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2005-11-16. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  8. ^ "Donadoni se ne va, Livorno a Mazzone" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 2006-02-01. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  9. ^ "Arezzo caos: via Cuoghi" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  10. ^ "E' Menichini il nuovo tecnico" (in Italian). FC Crotone. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-06-17.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Comunicato stampa" (in Italian). FC Crotone. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Torna Leonardo Menichini" (in Italian). FC Crotone. 20 February 2011. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Crotone, esonerato Menichini. Promosso il vice Drago" (in Italian). Il Pallonaro. 23 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Salernitana, via Somma: Lotito lo caccia prima dell'inizio e chiama Menichini" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  15. ^ "ESONERATO IL TECNICO LEONARDO MENICHINI" (in Italian). A.C. Reggiana 1919. 30 September 2017.
  16. ^ La Salernitana ufficializza Menichini, salernotoday.it, 9 May 2019

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