Walter Novellino

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Walter Novellino
Personal information
Full name Walter Alfredo Novellino
Date of birth (1953-06-04) 4 June 1953 (age 64)
Place of birth Montemarano, Italy
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1971 Torino 0 (0)
1971–1972 Legnano 37 (1)
1972–1973 Torino 1 (0)
1973–1974 Cremonese 30 (2)
1974–1975 Empoli 36 (5)
1975–1978 Perugia 81 (11)
1978–1982 Milan 120 (10)
1982–1984 Ascoli 59 (12)
1984–1986 Perugia 51 (1)
1986–1987 Catania 16 (0)
Total 431 (42)
National team
1978 Italy 1 (0)
Teams managed
1992–1993 Perugia
1993–1995 Gualdo
1995–1996 Perugia
1996–1997 Ravenna
1997–1999 Venezia
1999–2000 Napoli
2000–2002 Piacenza
2002–2007 Sampdoria
2007–2008 Torino
2008–2009 Torino
2009 Reggina
2011 Livorno
2013–2015 Modena
2016 Palermo
2016– Avellino
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Walter Alfredo Novellino (born 4 June 1953), commonly known as Walter Novellino, is an Italian football manager in charge of Avellino and former player, who played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Novellino was born at Montemarano, province of Avellino. After spending his childhood in São Paulo, Brazil, he later returned to Italy, and started his professional career with Torino, then obtaining his major successes with Perugia and A.C. Milan, and being nicknamed Monzon (after an Argentine boxer) due to both his physical resemblance to him and his determination on the pitch. Novellino announced his retirement in 1987. In his first season with Milan, he helped the club to their tenth Serie A title in 1979. When the club was relelgated following their involvement in the Totonero 1980 match-fixing scandal, he remained with the team and helped Milan win the Serie B title and immediately obtain promotion back to Serie A; during the 1980–81 Serie B season, he notably scored the goal against Monza which secured promotion for the club.[1]

International career[edit]

Novellino won one cap for the Italy national football team in 1978.

Style of play[edit]

A talented yet tenacious and hard-working midfielder, Novellino was known for excellent technical ability, offensive capabilities, fighting spirit, and dribbling skills. Although he was usually played as an attacking midfielder, he was also capable of playing as a winger, as a second striker, or as a forward.[1][2][3]

Managerial career[edit]

Novellino made his debut in management in 1992 with Perugia of Serie C1, but this was short-lived. Next season, he moved to Gualdo whom he led in two years to win first Serie C2 and then to a spot in the Serie C1 promotion play-off finals which they eventually lost to Avellino. He then went on to Serie B sides Perugia, Ravenna and then in Venezia whom he led to Serie A for the first time in the club history.

In 2000, he led Napoli to a Serie A promotion, and repeated the feat the following season with Piacenza. In 2002, he joined Sampdoria, immediately leading the team to a Serie A promotion, the fourth time he'd helped a team achieve this goal. In his first Serie A season with Sampdoria, they achieved a 5th place and a UEFA Cup qualification, but lost the battle with Udinese for the last UEFA Champions League place. He left Sampdoria in 2007 to join Torino, where he was fired on 16 April 2008 following disappointing results that left the team in the relegation zone; he was replaced by Gianni De Biasi who ultimately managed to save the granata from relegation.

On 8 December, only a few months after his dismissal, he was called back to Torino following the sacking of De Biasi, taking over the team in 18th place and 12 only points achieved in 15 games.[4] He was fired once again on 24 March 2009, after a sequence of negative results that left Torino in deep relegation zone, being replaced by Giancarlo Camolese.[5]

In July 2009 he was appointed new head coach of Reggina, with the aim to lead the Calabrians promptly back to the top flight. However, he managed to achieve only nine points in ten games, being ultimately dismissed on 24 October following a 0–2 loss to his former club Torino.[6]

On 14 February 2011 he was unveiled as new head coach of Serie B club Livorno, replacing Giuseppe Pillon at the helm of the Amaranto,[7] until 21 December 2011 when he rescinds the contract by mutual agreement with the company.[8]

On 10 March 2016 he was appointed Palermo manager.[9] He was sacked on 11 April 2016.[10]

On 29 November 2016 he was called in by struggling Serie B side Avellino to replace outcoming manager Domenico Toscano.

Style of management[edit]

Novellino favours a 4–4–2 formation which makes use of a zonal marking defensive system, a deep-lying playmaker in midfield, and a physical centre-forward fielded alongside a more mobile and talented second striker.[11]

Career statistics[edit]


All competitive league games (league and domestic cup) and international matches (including friendlies) are included.

As of 10 April 2016
Team Nat Year Record
G W D L Win %
Perugia Italy 1995–1996 38 16 13 9 042.11
Ravenna Italy 1996–1997 38 14 13 11 036.84
Unione Venezia Italy 1997–1999 72 28 22 22 038.89
Napoli Italy 1999–2000 38 17 12 9 044.74
Piacenza Italy 2000–2002 74 32 19 23 043.24
Sampdoria Italy 2002–2007 215 81 69 65 037.67
Torino Italy 2007–2008 36 8 16 12 022.22
Torino Italy 2008–2009 16 3 6 7 018.75
Reggina Calcio Italy 2009 12 4 3 5 033.33
Livorno Italy 2011 38 12 11 15 031.58
Modena Italy 2013–2015 86 30 31 25 034.88
Palermo Italy 2016 4 0 1 3 000.00
Career Total 215 73 66 76 033.95



  • Coppa Piano Karl Rappan (1): 1978




  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame[1]


  1. ^ a b c "A.C. Milan Hall of Fame: Walter Novellino". A.C. Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Walter Alfredo NOVELLINO (I)" (in Italian). Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sabatini di fronte a Novellino: «A Perugia era lui il mio idolo»" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "De Biasi esonerato dal suo incarico" (in Italian). Torino FC. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "CAMOLESE È IL NUOVO ALLENATORE DEL TORO" (in Italian). Torino FC. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Novellino sollevato dall'incarico" (in Italian). Reggina Calcio. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Novellino nuovo allenatore dell´A.S. Livorno Calcio" (in Italian). AS Livorno Calcio. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Risoluzione consensuale contratto mister Novellino" (in Italian). Livorno Calcio. 21 December 2011. 
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  11. ^ "INTERVISTA SUL CALCIO" (in Italian). Retrieved 12 May 2017.