London: Wolverhampton Wanderers have appointed former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga as their new head coach, the English Championship club said on Saturday.
Wolves acted quickly in naming a replacement after they sacked manager Kenny Jackett on Friday, a little more than a week after China-based Fosun Group took over the second tier side from long-standing owner Steve Morgan.
Zenga, whose previous managerial stint was in the Middle East with Al-Shaab last season, has managed sides including Steaua Bucharest, Red Star Belgrade, and Catania, Palermo and Sampdoria in Serie A during an 18-year coaching career.
"We're delighted to appoint Walter as the new head coach of Wolves. Walter is a hugely passionate personality who lives for football and is fiercely determined to succeed in everything he does," Wolves director Jeff Shi said in a statement.
"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."
The 56-year-old, who kept five clean sheets for hosts Italy when they finished third in the 1990 World Cup, will formally take charge of the squad on Monday.