Atalanta have announced that technical director Giovanni Sartori is leaving the club after eight years, handing over to Tony D’Amico and Lee Congerton, while he thanks ‘greatest salesman in the sport’ Luca Percassi.
The Bergamo club has gone from strength to strength in the last eight seasons, going from relegation battlers to regulars in the Champions League under coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
They are ready for another stage of development with American investor Stephen Pagliuca purchasing almost half the club’s shares from the Percassi family.
Among the changes this summer, director Sartori is leaving and his role will be filled by a combination of Congerton and D’Amico.
“I reaffirm we are working to make Atalanta stronger and more competitive,” said CEO Luca Percassi in a press conference.
Sartori also told reporters gathered in Bergamo that it was true he had “a different personality” to Gasperini and they clashed on occasion, but always worked for the good of the club.
“Percassi is one of the best salesmen in the sport, he’d be able to sell sand in the desert.”
Atalanta have not qualified for Europe in the 2022-23 season, but are expected to make significant investments on the transfer market.
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