Alexander Blessin is flying in now to become the new Genoa coach after a whirlwind negotiation. ‘It all happened in 24 hours, it’s an offer I simple could not refuse.’
The 48-year-old German from the RB Leipzig school of management was bought out of his KV Oostende contract.
He is flying out tonight to join his new club in Serie A, signing a contract to June 2024.
“It all happened so quickly. In 24 hours it was all sorted, it is still difficult for me to comprehend,” Blessin told the official KV Oostende website.
“I wasn’t able to physically say goodbye to the players after the training session, because it hadn’t been finalised yet. I will definitely contact them for a proper goodbye. I will miss the supporters here enormously, as they backed me through thick and thin.
“However, Genoa is an offer I simply could not refuse. This is a club with tradition in Serie A and I have been offered a long-term project there.
“It is a great step in my career, but I will always be grateful to KVO for the opportunity I was given here.”
The Belgian league is currently on a Winter break and Blessin’s last match in charge was a 4-0 home defeat to KRC Genk.
It’s hardly the biggest loss of his season, as there was a 7-1 home loss to Union Saint Gilloise in November.
His team also won 8-1 against CS Onhaye in the Beker van Belgie cup.
KV Oostende was until now the only real senior head coach role that Blessin has held, as he worked his way up through the various youth systems at Red Bull Leipzig.
He’ll be Genoa’s third coach of the campaign after Davide Ballardini and Andriy Shevchenko, the Ukrainian lasting only 11 matches, with one win, three draws and seven defeats in all competition.
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