Nedo Sonetti

Nedo Sonetti (born 25 February 1941) is an Italian football manager and former player, who played as a defender.

Nedo Sonetti
Personal information
Date of birth (1941-02-25) 25 February 1941 (age 80)
Place of birth Piombino, Italy
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Teams managed
1974–1975 Viareggio
1975–1976 Casertana
1976–1979 Spezia
1979–1980 Cosenza
1980–1983 Sambenedettese
1983–1987 Atalanta
1987–1989 Udinese
1989–1990 Avellino
1990–1991 Ascoli
1991–1992 Bologna
1992–1993 Lecce
1993–1994 Monza
1994–1996 Torino
1996–1997 Cremonese
1997–1999 Lecce
1999–2000 Brescia
2000–2001 Salernitana
2001–2002 Cagliari
2002–2003 Palermo
2003–2004 Ancona
2004–2005 Catania
2005–2006 Cagliari
2006–2007 Ascoli
2007 Cagliari
2008–2009 Brescia
2010 Vicenza
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Sonetti was born in Piombino, southern Tuscany and lives now in Gorle.[1]

Playing career

As a defender, Sonetti played in Serie B and Serie C for Spezia Calcio 1906 and Reggina.

Managing career

As a manager, Sonetti has had a long career at the helm of several Serie A and Serie B teams in the whole country. Among the several teams he led, he had his major successes with Atalanta B.C., which he led from Serie B to a ninth place in Serie A, coaching the team for four seasons.

He is often considered a "replacement" coach, as he was often appointed in his career to replace fired managers from Serie A teams fighting to avoid relegation, or Serie B teams which managed to promote.

More recently, Sonetti joined Cagliari in November 2005, replacing Davide Ballardini, becoming the fourth coach appointed by the Sardinian team in a couple of months. He succeeded in maintaining his job until the end of the tournament, and in leading the rossoblù to maintain a place in the next Serie A; he left Cagliari at the end of the season. On 14 November 2006, Sonetti was appointed to replace Attilio Tesser at the helm of then last-placed relegation-battling Serie A Ascoli. He did not manage to save his side from falling to Serie B, and ended his experience in Ascoli at the end of the season with a second-last place. In November 2007 he returned at Cagliari for his third time, as he was appointed to replace Marco Giampaolo at the helm of the Sardinians.[2] He resigned from his post on 19 December, but was confirmed by the club the next day after Marco Giampaolo rejected to return at the helm of the club.[3] However, Sonetti was sacked only a few days later, after a 5–1 loss to Fiorentina, leaving the team last-placed in the league table, being replaced by Davide Ballardini.[4] From 25 September 2008, he has been called back to Brescia replacing Serse Cosmi.[5] On 19 May 2009 he was sacked himself, following a 2–1 loss to promotion rivals Grosseto that left Brescia in fourth placed, but with only a two-point lead to 7th-placed Triestina.[6]

On 28 March 2010 69-year-old Sonetti returned into management, replacing Rolando Maran as head coach of Serie B relegation battlers Vicenza.[7] His stint as Vicenza head coach, as he was sacked on 15 April after only three games in charge, ended with respectively two draws and a loss.[8]


  1. From Gazzetta dello Sport wabsite
  2. "Cagliari appoint Sonetti". Football Italia. 13 November 2007. Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2007.
  3. "Respinte le dimissioni di Sonetti" (in Italian). Cagliari Calcio. 20 December 2007. Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2007.
  4. "Cagliari appoint new Coach". Football Italia. 27 December 2007. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  5. "Brescia: esonerato Cosmi, arriva Sonetti" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2008.[permanent dead link]
  6. "Ufficiale, esonerato Nedo Sonetti" (in Italian). Brescia Calcio. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  7. "Nedo Sonetti è il nuovo allenatore" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 28 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  8. "Ritorna Rolando Maran" (in Italian). Vicenza Calcio. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010.[permanent dead link]