OFFICIAL: AC Milan legend named new manager of Perugia

Serie A By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/05/2018

AC Milan legend Alessandro Nesta have named new Perugia manager according to report.

The Serie B side have been assured of a spot in the playoffs in the second tier of Italian football but a 1-1 draw with Novara saw the previous boss Roberto Breda dismissed at the weekend.

The 42-year-old World Cup winner only previous coaching experience has been with American club Miami FC, but the former Italian defender is relishing his opportunity.

Nesta admits that he is 'enthusiastic' to take on the position at Stadio Renato Curi via a statement on Perugia’s official website confirms 

Ex-Lazio star said: "It's been a while. I don't remember the last time I was at this stadium. I come here with great enthusiasm.

"This is a real football club. The team are strong and would be with me and any other coach."

Nesta was one of the greatest defenders of his generation, starting his career with boyhood side Lazio where he was named captain by Sven-Goran Eriksson at the age of just 21 in 1997 and immediately skippered them to Coppa Italia success.

In the following season, Nesta led the team to victory in the Cup Winners' Cup, before bringing home Lazio's second-ever Serie A title in the 1999-2000 season, while also landing another domestic cup.

However, financial difficulties meant he the club were forced to sell him to AC Milan in 2002, where he won the first of his two Champions League medals in his first season.