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Walter Alfredo Novellino (born June 4, 1953) is an Italianmarker association football manager and former player, last in office as head coach of Serie B outfit Reggina Calcio.

Career

Novellino was born at Montemaranomarker, province of Avellino. He started his professional career with Torino, then obtaining his major successes with Perugia and AC Milan, and being nicknamed Monzon (after an Argentine boxer) due to both his physical resemblance to him and his determination on the pitch. He also won one cap for the Italy national football team before to leave active football in 1987.

He made his debut in management in 1992 with Perugia of Serie C1, but this was short-lived. Next season, he moved to Gualdo who he led in two years to win first Serie C2 and then to a spot in the Serie C1 promotion play-off finals which they eventually lost to Avellino. He then went onto Serie B sides Perugia, Ravenna and then in Venezia who he led to Serie A for the first time in the club history.

In 2000, he led Napoli to a Serie A promotion, and repeated the feat the following season with Piacenza. In 2002, he joined Sampdoria, immediately leading the team to a Serie A promotion, the fourth time he'd helped a team achieve this goal. In his first Serie A season with Sampdoria, they achieved a 5th place and a UEFA Cup qualification, but lost the battle with Udinese for the last UEFA Champions League place. He left Sampdoria in 2007 to join Torino, where he was fired on April 16, 2008 following disappointing results that left the team in the relegation zone; he was replaced by Gianni De Biasi who ultimately managed to save the granata from relegation.

On December 8, only a few months after his dismissal, he was called back to Torino following the sacking of De Biasi, taking over the team in 18th place and 12 only points achieved in 15 games. He was fired himself once again on March 24, 2009 after a sequence of negative results that left Torino in deep relegation zone, being replaced by Giancarlo Camolese.

On July 2009 he was appointed new head coach of Reggina, with the aim to lead the Calabrians promptly back to the top flight. However, he managed to achieve only nine points in ten games, being ultimately dismissed on October 24 following a 0–2 loss to his former club Torino.

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