Lil Fuccillo

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Lil Fuccillo
Personal information
Full name Pasquale Fuccillo
Date of birth (1956-06-02) 2 June 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Bedford, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1983 Luton Town 160 (24)
1983 Tulsa Roughnecks 19 (0)
1983–1985 Southend United 45 (4)
1985–1987 Peterborough United 82 (3)
1987 Valletta ? (?)
1987–1988 Cambridge United 19 (2)
1988 Kettering Town ? (?)
1988–1991 Wivenhoe Town ? (?)
Total 325 (33 )
Teams managed
1986 Peterborough United (caretaker manager)
1992–1993 Peterborough United
2000–2001 Luton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Pasquale "Lil" Fuccillo (born 2 May 1956) is a former footballer and manager. He is currently the chief scout at Crawley Town.

Biography[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Fuccillo was born in Bedford to Italian parents and joined Luton Town from school. He established himself in the their starting line-up, and there was even talk of a call-up to the Italian national team. Disaster struck, however, when a tackle by Brighton and Hove Albion's Paul Clark shattered his leg. He broke his leg for a second time during his comeback match for the Luton youth team. He did manage, eventually, to regain his place in the team and played an important part as they won Second Division in 1982.[1]

In 1983 Fuccillo left Luton following a contractual dispute and played 19 games for the Tulsa Roughnecks in the North American Soccer League.[2]

Fuccillo then joined Southend United, before John Wile brought him to Peterborough United. He helped Posh get to the 5th round of the FA Cup in 1985/86, had a brief spell as caretaker manager in 1986/87 prior to Noel Cantwell's return to the club, but was released during the summer of 1987.

He played briefly for Malta side Valletta before short spells at Cambridge United and Kettering Town. He finished his playing career at Isthmian League side Wivenhoe Town.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Chris Turner brought him back to Peterborough United in 1991 as his assistant manager, and had an unsuccessful spell as manager when Turner became chairman. He joined Barry Fry at Birmingham City as coach, and then moved back to Peterborough United to be his assistant. His third spell at Peterborough United did not last long, however, as Fry sacked both Fuccillo and coach Mick Halsall in December 1996 as an economy measure.

Fuccillo had spells as a scout for Sheffield Wednesday and as John Still's right-hand man at Barnet, but in November 2000 he returned to Luton Town as a scout. A week later he was promoted to assistant manager, but, with the club at the foot of the league, Ricky Hill was sacked within weeks so Fuccillo then stepped up into the managerial seat. Following an unsuccessful reign, Joe Kinnear was brought to the club in February as Director of Football, but took it upon himself to replace Fuccillo as manager as well. Surprisingly, Fuccillo remained at Luton Town as a coach until the end of the season. Their third manager of the season, however, was unable to save the club and Luton were relegated to the basement division for the first time since 1968.

During the summer of 2001 he joined United Counties League side Wootton Blue Cross as a coach for John Taylor, making an immediate impact with the team starting with a ten-match winning sequence. After a season Fuccillo linked up with Peterborough United for a fourth time as a scout, but again this spell did not last long as he moved to perform a similar role with Premiership side Everton, combined at the start with some part-time coaching at Taylor's new club St Neots Town. He was reunited once more with Taylor as he began the 2006–07 season as a coach at Isthmian League side Arlesey Town, but in November 2006 joined Leicester City as chief scout.[1]

On 21 March 2008, Lil Fucillo was appointed chief scout for Newcastle United.[3] On 3 September 2009 he left Newcastle United to take up a similar position at Championship rivals Swansea City.[4]

On 23 March 2012 Luton Town announced that Fuccillo had returned to the club in the role of Technical Director, which he held until his departure in April 2013.[5]

Fuccillo was appointed as chief scout at League One side Crawley Town on 6 February 2014.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Chris Wilkinson. "Biography of Lil Fuccillo". uptheposh.com. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "North American Soccer League Jerseys – Tulsa Roughnecks – Pasquale Fuccillo". Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Lil Fuccillo Appointed Newcastle's Chief Scout". nufcblog.com. 21 March 2008. Archived from the original on 24 March 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Mark Viduka in talks to sign for West Ham". chroniclelive.co.uk. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Fuccillo back at Kenilworth Road". Luton Town F.C. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Crawley bring in Fuccillo as chief scout". The Argus. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

Lil Fuccillo career stats at Soccerbase