Work permits granted and coaching appointments confirmed

Andrew Crofts to join first-team coaching staff.

By Paul Camillin • 23 September 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Roberto De Zerbi has received his work permit.

Roberto De Zerbi, Albion’s new head coach, and assistant coach Andrea Maldera have been granted their respective work permits, along with two new members of the new-look coaching team. 

Joining as part of Roberto’s first team backroom staff will be athletic coaches Vincenzo Teresa and Marcattilio Marcattilii, who have also been granted work permits today.

Meanwhile, Andrew Crofts has been confirmed as first-team coach. He covered the head coach’s position in an interim period prior to Roberto’s appointment and will now relinquish his responsibilities for the under-21s.

Nick Stanley remains as the club’s specialist set-piece coach, while Jack Stern will continue in the position of assistant goalkeeping coach.

Following Crofts’ appointment, Shannon Ruth will step up to become under-21 head coach, with Gary Dicker also moving up from the under-18s as Shannon’s assistant. 

By Paul Hazlewood
Shannon Ruth will take over as under-21s head coach.

Deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber said, “We are delighted to have work permits confirmed for Roberto, Andrea, Vincenzo and Marcattilio, which allow for them to get down to work on the training pitch.

“And we are thrilled for Andrew Crofts, Shannon Ruth and Gary Dicker, all of whom are earning well-deserved promotions as part of our ongoing succession planning process. 

“We’d like to thank The Football Association for their prompt assistance in providing the relevant Governing Body Endorsements, and to the Home Office for processing the work permits so efficiently.”

The new arrivals are as follows:

Andrea Maldera - ASSISTANT COACH

Born: 18th May 1971 (51)

Maldera comes from a footballing family, after his father Luigi and uncle Aldo both played professionally for AC Milan. Having worked with AC Milan’s under-19s, Andrea then became technical coach, before taking over as video analyst for the Under-19 age group. He departed for the Ukrainian national team in 2016 to work under Andriy Shevchenko as his assistant coach, where he remained for five years.

Vincenzo Teresa – COACH

Born: 8th August 1962 (60)

Vincenzo has worked with Roberto since their time together Foggia, before joining the Albion head coach at Palermo, Benevento, Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Marcattilio Marcattilii – COACH

Born June 17th, 1973 (49)

Roberto De Zerbi was in his second season at Foggia when Marcattilio started working with the Albion head coach. Marcattilio continued to work with Roberto at Palermo, Benavento, Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk. He began his career in 2004 as an assistant coach at Giulianova.