Cremonese Hand-Pick Alvini Following Pecchia Departure

Cremonese have officially found their new coach in Massimiliano Alvini. Fabio Pecchia led them to a surprising promotion last season, but he decided not to extend his contract with them. He eventually joined Parma on a multi-year deal. After inquiring about a few options, the Grigiorossi landed on the Perugia gaffer.

The 52-year-old had prolonged with the Biancorossi a few months ago, but the Lombardy team paid €450k to get him, Sky informs. The manager bid farewell to his former club to PerugiaToday yesterday.

“It was a great season, that is for sure. We will all cherish it and we paved the way for the future. I felt great here. We will talk about it one day.”

Alvini will be making his Serie A debut with Cremonese in 2022/2023. They are returning to the top league after a 26-year absence. He agreed to a two-year contract with them. Thanks to a late push, his side finished eighth last year in his second campaign in Serie B. They were eliminated by Brescia in extra time in the first round of the playoffs.

The coach spent a good part of his career in the lowest levels of the Italian football pyramid. He managed Signa, Quarrata and Tuttocuoio among the amateurs. He eventually made it to Lega Pro, where he helmed Pistoiese, Albinoleffe and Reggiana. The boss led the Granata back to the second division in 2020/2021, but they got relegated in the ensuing campaign. He stayed in it, though, since Perugia decided to hire him.