Novellino: Torino job like coming home

Walter Novellino says it's a dream come true being appointed as Torino coach.

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Novellino has replaced Gianni De Biasi on the Granata bench after spending five seasons at Sampdoria, returning to the club where he made his debut as a top-flight player back in 1972.

"I feel I am back home," said Novellino as he was unveiled to the media on Wednesday. "This is a dream come true thanks to President Urbano Cairo.

"I arrived here when I was a kid and I return after 37 years. I have always been paired with Toro because I grew up at the Filadelfia."

The 54-year-old was offered a two-year contract by the sleeping giants and he had no hesitation in putting pen to paper.

"I immediately accepted Cairo's offer and I will do all I can in order for the team to be one of the protagonists of next season," he added.

"I was so excited last night that I wasn't able to sleep and I hope I will meet the supporters' expectations."

Torino have also announced the appointment of a new general director in the shape of Stefano Antonelli and sporting director Fabio Lupo.

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