Former Celtic man Massimo Donati discusses philosophy after taking Serie C job

By David Walton

June 29, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati has been discussing his managerial philosophy after starting his new role with Serie C side AS Sambenedettese.

Donati has in the past admitted that it would be his dream to manage Celtic one day [Tribal Football]. This comes after a two-year spell at Parkhead between 2007 and 2009.

The Italian had several other spells in Scotland both in a playing and coaching capacity. After featuring for Hamilton Academical and St Mirren, he was part of the coaching staff with Kilmarnock under both Angelo Alessio and Alex Dyer.

And after taking his first steps into management, he’s been touching on how he’ll play in Italy.

Speaking to the media after his unveiling, Donati said as quoted by Rivieraoogi:For many I am inexperienced but it doesn’t affect me at all. I have been waiting for this moment for years, I did not expect a club and an important city. I am charged and proud. I will give everything .

We analyzed last year’s Samb. A few more goals conceded with three in defence, but less with four. I intend to play with three in the defence. Before, it didn’t work well, but I have quite clear ideas, I don’t focus on just one bit of form. We want 24 players over the piece. Each match must be experienced as a key match. 

“I’m sick of the details. I don’t sleep for lineups. Maybe it’ll make you laugh but that’s it. I will be judged on the results and rightly so. But I’m charged.”

Massimo Donati takes first step en route to Celtic dream

So Donati has taken his first step on the ladder to his dream role. Serie C may seem far down the food chain of football’s elite competitions, but there’s plenty of competition to get into Serie B.

It’s a decent start for Donati and a job he’ll undoubtedly relish. Being back in his homeland, he should know and appreciate the landscape of the club and environment he’s working in.

Granted, it’ll take more than a starring time with Sambenedettese before Celtic fans start touting him for the job. However, it’s great to see he has that ambition. Donati is one of those former ex-Celts who’s never been able to stop bigging the club up since departing.

Massimo Donati (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

In other words – he’s caught the bug. It’ll be interesting to see what he can manage with his new club in the coming season. Last year, Sambenedettese bagged a promotion playoff position.

It’s clear the appointment of Donati is being used to heighten the profile of a club that has greater ambitions of Serie C stagnation.

Hopefully Massimo gets off to a flying start in his managerial career. With a potential Celtic future on the line, he has all the motivation there.

In other news, one particular Celtic saga may not be over just yet.