Venezia sack Sporting Director Collauto; Poggi also exits
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On the Move
Venezia sack Sporting Director Collauto; Poggi also exits
by Jonathan Rest

Venezia FC have sacked Sporting Director Mattia Collauto, while Technical Director Paolo Poggi has also left the club following relegation from Serie A.

We are grateful to Mattia and Paolo for their invaluable contribution to the sporting history of this club and wish them both the best for the future. Despite Mattia not being renewed as sporting director, we all asked Paolo to stay, but we understand and respect his decision to resign. Together, we have achieved important goals and borne the weight of disappointments.
Duncan Niederauer
President, Venezia FC

Collauto (pictured) and Poggi, both former players with distinguished careers at the club, joined the sporting staff ahead of the 2020-21 season, in which Venezia won promotion to the top-flight.

 

Collauto had previously been Academy Manager, while Poggi worked in the club's international relations department for four years. Poggi is also a former head of the youth department at Udinese.

 

Venezia President Duncan Niederauer said the club had hoped to retain the services of Poggi.

 

He said in a statement: “We are grateful to Mattia and Paolo for their invaluable contribution to the sporting history of this club and wish them both the best for the future. Despite Mattia not being renewed as sporting director, we all asked Paolo to stay, but we understand and respect his decision to resign.

Together, we have achieved important goals and borne the weight of disappointments. We look to the future with confidence and with the knowledge that ours is a long-term project, accepting the outcome of a season that did not end as we had hoped.”

 

Venezia finished bottom of the league, with manager Paulo Zanetti having also been sacked.

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