Assistant Coach Giancarlo Italiano
- Born Sydney, Australia
Giancarlo Italiano is the current Assistant Coach for the Wellington Phoenix.
Italiano first joined the Phoenix for the 2019/20 season in a dual role of Head Analyst and Second Assistant, coming onboard at the behest of former Sydney FC colleague – and now Phoenix head coach - Ufuk Talay, before being promoted to Assistant Coach for the 2020/21 Season.
Nicknamed ‘Chiefy’, Italiano has extensive coaching experience at a grassroots level in Australia. He held several junior coaching roles before joining NPL side Blacktown City in 2015 as its Head of Football – that season’s side taking out both the NPL NSW Premiership and the NPL Australia title.
In 2017 Italiano was appointed an assistant to Sydney FC’s NPL and National Youth League teams, before being promoted to its NPL Head Coach in 2018.
Talay says that Italiano has been a welcome presence on the side lines since joining the Club.
“Chiefy has been great for us since he came on board, last season he stepped up to be an Assistant Coach during a difficult time for the Club - given our re-location to Wollongong and all the challenges that presented us and the players – so credit to him for his hard work during this time.
“Chiefy is smart, experienced and he’s earned the trust of the players over the past few years; we’ll look for him to play a key role in of our success next season and beyond.”
Looking ahead to next season, Italiano sees the chance for the Phoenix to continue building on its late-season form.
“The goal is to always play the best football we can, to make the top six and put the Club in the limelight. And on a person level and a coaching staff level, to work hard and be consistent and have that always show in our play on the pitch,” said Italiano.
“We also want to give the fans back what they deserve too; as much as it has been testing on us, it’s also been testing on all the fans too - as they’re what makes this Club what it is.”