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Wolverhampton appoints Zenga as new manager

Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers has appointed Walter Zenga as their new manager following a takeover of the club.

Fosun International, led by Jeff Shi, completed the takeover of the club last week. Zenga, 56, had a long career as a goalkeeper, playing over 300 games for Inter Milan, along with 58 caps for the Italian national team. His managerial career includes stints at Catania, Palermo and Sampdoria.

“We’re delighted to appoint Walter as the new head coach of Wolves,” Shi said in a statement. “He has an excellent track record both as a player and as a coach, and a wealth of experience he can bring to his new role at Wolves. Walter is a hugely passionate personality who lives for football and is fiercely determined to succeed in everything that he does.

“We are looking forward to working with him, and supporting him in the shared aim of trying to help Wolves achieve promotion back to the Premier League.”

Wolves sacked Kenny Jackett on Friday after three years at the club, despite a statement earlier in the week saying that Jackett was safe in his position.

“I would like to sincerely thank Kenny for everything he’s done for Wolves over the last three years,” Shi said. “He’s shown true professionalism during his tenure and over the course of the transition to new ownership. I would like to wish him all the very best for the future.”

Wolves finished 14th in the Championship last season.

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