Former Celtic midfielder restarts managerial career in Serie D

By David Walton

June 19, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati is back in management as he becomes boss of Serie D club FC Legnago Sulis.

Donati first became a coach in Scotland during his time working under Angelo Alessio at Kilmarnock. However, his first managerial gig came with Serie C outfit Sambenedettese last summer.

His short spell there was plagued with financial woes that led to the club given an automatic relegation to Serie D before the season had even begun. Donati would then leave in October 31st after a poor start to the campaign.

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Thankfully, however, he’s now being given a fresh opportunity and in a more stable environment. Legnago Sulis will have hopes of going straight up to Serie C next season after being relegated last term. Donati has since spent the previous 8 months doing punditry work as he awaited opportunities to get back into management.

The Italian, who also played for Hamilton and St Mirren in Scotland, has previously outlined his ambition to one day manage Celtic. Speaking last year, Massimo stated that the Parkhead hotseat is his “dream” role [Tribal Football].

Donati was signed by Gordon Strachan for the Hoops back in 2007, going on to make 47 appearances for the club and winning the Scottish Premier League in 2008 [Transfermarkt].

Massimo Donati has a lot to prove as he takes up second managerial role

Going from Serie D to Celtic Park is certainly a long and arduous path that will be filled with plenty of obstacles for Massimo. However, it’s unfair to judge him on his time with Sambenedettese given everything that happened there in such a short period.

He certainly has decent pedigree both from his playing and coaching days so far. Let’s not forget that Massimo has experience of Serie A as a player and spent time under both Alessio and Alex Dyer at Kilmarnock. He’s ready for this kind of opportunity.

It’s also important that he’s joined a club ready to go straight back up next season. Donati won’t want to hang around in Serie D. Not if he really wants to start making an impression in management, which is clearly his next goal in life.

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Bouncing back from a difficult period with Legnagno Sulis would be almost impossible. He’s already at the stage where he’ll feel he needs to make this one work.

All we can do is hope that he’s a good fit for his new side as he looks to stamp his authority as a manager back in his homeland.

We wish Massimo all the very best on his new venture.

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