Former Italian international goalkeeper Walter Zenga has always had a fascination with America. The Inter legend first came to the States in 1997 as a player with the New England Revolution and stayed for two years, taking over as coach in 1998. Now, the "Spider-Man" could be on his way back to the United Sates, with reports out of Italy claiming he is in talks to take over as coach of the New York Red Bulls.
Sacked last month by Serie A side Palermo after only six months on the
job, Zenga hinted that his services were in demand already.
bad not to be working," the former Inter number one told Gazzetta dello
Sport. "But I am not lacking for offers from abroad."
has actually spent most of his coaching career outside of Italy. After
his stint with the Revolution, the 49-year-old returned to Europe,
where he managed National Bucharest and Steaua Bucharest, with whom he
won a league championship. In 2005, he took over Red Star Belgrade and
won another domestic title. After a year in the Middle East and another
back in Romania, with Dinamo Bucharest, he was finally handed the reins
of a Serie A side, Catania, in 2008. The Rossazzurri improved under
Zenga, but the club and the manager parted ways at the end of one
season by "mutual consent."
the summer of 2009, Zenga traveled to the other side of Sicily to take
over at Palermo, but a run of poor results saw him axed in November.
Red Bulls have been without a permanent coach since the August
departure of Juan Carlos Osorio. Interim coach Richie Williams did well
to resurrect the team somewhat, but it is known that the club is
interested in finding a bigger name to coach. A spokesman for the Red
Bulls declined to comment on the reports when contacted by Goal.com.
Zenga were to take over New York just as the club open the brand-new
Red Bull Arena, he would fulfill many of the criteria that most
observers believe the job demands: a marquee name, connections to
Europe, a decent track record of success, and experience with MLS and
American players. So, is the Spider-man about to hit the Big Apple?
Greg Lalas, Goal.com
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