Triestina, new coach announced: it’s Santoni. Two-year contract with option


Triestina has announced the name of the coach who will lead the team next season, replacing Roberto Bordin. It’s about Michele Santoni, born in 1980, fresh from his experience in the Netherlands at the helm of Dordrecht. This is the club’s statement:

“US Triestina Calcio 1918 is pleased to announce that it has entrusted the technical guidance of the first team to Michele Santoni.

Santoni, born in 1980, led Dordrecht to the Dutch second division last season and will begin his career with Triestina starting from 1 July, joining the Union with a two-year agreement with an option for a further season.

The new halberd coach gained experience by taking his first steps as a coach in the Netherlands in Haarlem’s Under-19 team. From summer 2009 to January 2014 he held the role of video analyst at Ajax, achieving four league titles under the management of Frank De Boer and Martin Jol.

Upon returning to Italy, he spent three years as assistant coach in Livorno, Cesena and Milan on the Inter side, respectively alongside Davide Nicola, Domenico Di Carlo and again Frank De Boer. He subsequently moved to Lazio, leading the Under 17 and Under 19 teams, before a new experience in Serie A as assistant at Cagliari, led by Diego Lopez in the 2017/18 season.

Since the summer of 2018 he returned to the Netherlands with experiences on the benches of Almere City, Ado Den Haag as assistant to Aleksandar Rankovic and in the last three years in the second series with Dordrecht, led in the 2023/24 season in fourth place with consequent achievement of the promotion playoffs.

Welcome, Michael.”