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Greco replaces Zammit at struggling Żebbuġ Rangers

Alfonso Greco

Alfonso Greco

Alfonso Greco is back in club management after less than a month of inactivity following his appointment as new coach of Premier League strugglers Żebbuġ Rangers.

On Monday, former coach Jesmond Zammit offered his resignation following the team’s 1-0 defeat to Pietà last weekend which left the team anchored at the bottom place of the standings with only three points and no wins from nine matches.

The Żebbuġ committee informed Zammit they had accepted his decision to leave, bringing to an end a two-and-a-half year association which saw the former Ħamrun Spartans and Dingli Swallows coach lead the team from the Second Division to the Premier League.

Zammit becomes the third coaching casualty in the Premier League this season as earlier this month Greco was replaced by Stephen Azzopardi at Sliema Wanderers while Winston Muscat was sacked by Naxxar Lions with Jesmond Zerafa appointed as his successor.

Żebbuġ immediately started their search for a new man in charge and identified Greco as favourite in a shortlist of coaches. Talks were concluded yesterday afternoon with the Italian agreeing to take over the reins of the team until the end of the season.

Żebbuġ Rangers FC president Joe Pace told Times of Malta that a change was inevitable given the team’s poor run of results.

“It’s unfortunate that we had to arrive to this but results this season have been very disappointing and we intend to sustain our fight to avoid the drop,” Pace said.

“During summer we invested a lot in strengthening the squad so we felt we had enough quality in our team to make sure we won’t be relegated. However, things didn’t go as planned as the team is still without a win after nine matches.

“Now, we are confident that Alfonso Greco will be in a position to stem the tide and lead us out of the relegation zone in the standings.”

Greco was scheduled to meet the Żebbuġ players yesterday evening. He will conduct his first training session today as the team starts preparations for Monday’s derby against Qormi at the Hibs Stadium.

Meanwhile, it was also confirmed that team manager Bruce Genovese and club secretary Anthony Lee Baldacchino have also decided to resign from their positions.

Leonard Spiteri is the new team manager while Ian Francalanza will replace Baldacchino as club secretary.

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