Davide Nicola


Davide Nicola (born 5 March 1973) is an Italian former football player, most recently in charge as manager of Torino.

Davide Nicola
Personal information
Full name Davide Nicola[1]
Date of birth (1973-03-05) 5 March 1973 (age 48)
Place of birth Luserna San Giovanni, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2001 Genoa 166 (4)
1993–1994Fidelis Andria (loan) 26 (0)
1994–1995Ancona (loan) 27 (0)
1998–1999Pescara (loan) 7 (0)
2002–2005 Ternana 94 (5)
2004–2005Siena (loan) 15 (0)
2005–2006 Torino 35 (1)
2006–2007 Spezia 28 (0)
2007–2008 Ravenna 14 (0)
2008–2011 Lumezzane 49 (1)
Total 461 (11)
Teams managed
2010–2012 Lumezzane
2012–2014 Livorno
2014 Livorno
2014–2015 Bari
2016–2017 Crotone
2018–2019 Udinese
2019–2020 Genoa
2021 Torino
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career


Nicola was born in Luserna San Giovanni.

During his time in Genoa C.F.C. he was noted for kissing a policewoman on the sideline after a goal.[2] He also helped the club to lift the 1996 Anglo-Italian Cup.

In the Serie B 2005–06 playoffs he scored a goal that gave his Torino F.C. a promotion to Serie A. In the 2006–07 season of Serie B his good play for Spezia Calcio in the last few games contributed to Spezia avoiding relegation.

He only played in the Serie A for one season in the 2004–05 season (15 games for A.C. Siena).

Managerial career


In July 2010 Nicola retired from playing for Lumezzane in order to replace the outgoing head coach Leonardo Menichini at the helm of the club.[3] On 28 June 2011, his contract was renewed.[4]

During the 2012–13 season, Nicola became the head coach of Livorno in Serie B. In January 2014, Livorno sacked Nicola with the club second-from-bottom in the Serie A table.[5]

On 21 April 2014, Nicola was appointed manager of Livorno again. [6]

On 17 November 2014, Nicola became the new manager for F.C. Bari. [7]

On 23 June 2016, Nicola was appointed manager of Serie A newcomers Crotone.[8] Nicola promised to ride a bicycle from Crotone to his home in Turin if they avoided relegation. Crotone finished in 17th place, two points above the relegation zone, and ahead of Empoli on the final matchday of the season in what was hailed as a football miracle, as Crotone had collected only nine points in the whole first half of the season. Fulfilling the promise, Nicola rode 1300 km from Crotone to Turin on a bicycle.[9]

On 13 November 2018, Nicola was appointed manager of Udinese.[10]

On 28 December 2019, Nicola was appointed manager of Genoa.[11]

On 19 January 2021, following the sacking of Marco Giampaolo, Nicola was appointed manager of Torino.[12] In his first game in charge, Simone Zaza scored two second-half goals to help Torino draw 2–2 with Benevento, having been two goals down.[13] After guiding Torino to narrowly escape relegation, he was not confirmed for the new season.[14]

Personal life


Nicola was the father of Alessandro, who died in a road accident in 2014, aged only 14.[15]

Managerial statistics


As of match played 23 May 2021
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Lumezzane 13 July 2010 6 June 2012 77 28 20 29 78 80 −2 036.36
Livorno 6 June 2012 13 January 2014 69 29 18 22 103 87 +16 042.03
Livorno 19 April 2014 30 June 2014 4 0 0 4 3 10 −7 000.00
Bari 17 November 2014 31 December 2015 50 20 13 17 53 53 +0 040.00
Crotone 1 July 2016 6 December 2017 56 13 10 33 48 92 −44 023.21
Udinese 13 November 2018 20 March 2019 15 4 4 7 13 22 −9 026.67
Genoa 28 December 2019 26 August 2020 22 8 5 9 31 39 −8 036.36
Torino 19 January 2021 30 June 2021 20 5 9 6 24 34 −10 025.00
Career total 313 107 79 127 353 417 −64 034.19

References


  1. "Comunicato Ufficiale N. 283" [Official Press Release No. 283] (PDF). Lega Serie A. 30 July 2020. p. 4. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  2. "Archivio Corriere della Sera". archivio.corriere.it.
  3. "UFFICIALE: Nicola nuovo tecnico del Lumezzane" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  4. http://www.aclumezzane.it/news.php?id=700
  5. "Davide Nicola sollevato dall´incarico" (in Italian). A.S. Livorno Calcio. 13 January 2014. Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  6. Sargeant, Jack (21 April 2014). "Livorno sack Di Carlo, bring back Nicola". SBNation.com.
  7. "Nicola è il nuovo tecnico del Bari. Rissa sfiorata tra un ultrà e Sciaudone". La Gazzetta dello Sport - Tutto il rosa della vita.
  8. "Crotone name Nicola as new head coach". ESPN.com. 23 June 2016.
  9. "Crotone coach Davide Nicola fulfils promise and finishes 1,300km bike ride". the Guardian. 18 June 2017.
  10. "Udinese official: Velazquez out, Nicola in". Football-italia.net. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  11. "Official: Genoa appoint Nicola". Football Italia. 28 December 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  12. "Official: Torino announce Nicola". Football Italia. 19 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  13. Azzi, Marco (21 January 2021). "Benevento-Torino 2-2: rimonta targata Zaza, pari al 93'" [Benevento 2-2 Torino: Zaza makes a comeback in the 93rd minute]. la Repubblica (in Italian). GEDI Gruppo Editoriale. ISSN 0390-1076. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  14. "Grazie Nicola" (in Italian). Torino FC. 28 May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  15. http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/14-07-2014/davide-nicola-livorno-tragedia-incidente-bici-muore-figlio-14enne-801236821554.shtml Gazzetta