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Cesc Fabregas has appointed himself as interim manager of Como after Moreno Longo was sacked last weekend.
The former Torino and Frosinone manager was sacked by the Serie B side following their win over Ascoli on Saturday afternoon.
Como’s board members were frustrated with their position in the table – sixth – and decided to drop Longo regardless of the result.
Shortly after Longo’s departure, the Italian club announced that Fabregas would act as interim manager.
Fabregas – who had coached Como’s U19 side after becoming co-owner of the club with Thierry Henry – took control of the first XI with immediate effect.
Cesc Fabregas appointed himself interim manager of Como after Moreno Longo was sacked
Fabregas – who had coached Como’s U19 side (above) after becoming co-owner of the club with Thierry Henry – took control of the first XI with immediate effect
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Despite appointing himself as the club’s interim manager, it has been said that the board will begin the search for a ‘new head coach’.
Como announced Longo’s departure and shared their plans for hiring a new coach by sharing the following statement: ‘Como 1907 and Moreno Longo have parted ways.
‘The search for a new Head Coach starts immediately, with Cesc Fabregas and the current technical staff taking over the tasks for the interim period.’
The decision will see Fabregas, who played for Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Monaco and Como, take charge of his first senior side.
Fabregas threw himself into studying for his UEFA coaching A license, while also juggling the final stages of his playing career with Como in Serie B.
Fabregas told Mail Sport it was a much-needed distraction as his desire to play waned towards the end of his career.
Announcing his retirement, Fabregas said: ‘It is with great sadness that the time has come for me to hang up my playing boots.
‘From winning the World Cup, the European Championship to winning everything in England and Spain and almost all the European trophies, it has been a journey I will never forget.
Fabregas reached the pinnacle as a player, winning the World Cup (right) and several other major honors (with Premier League trophy, left)
“After twenty incredible years of sacrifice, dedication and joy, it is time to say goodbye to the beautiful game.”
He told Mail Sport: ‘Obviously the love for the game never goes away, but I felt like I didn’t have the same fire as before.
‘The training sessions, I didn’t really enjoy it anymore and I always said the day I woke up and I don’t feel the same anymore, the same passion when I go into the session, that you don’t enjoy football, it was time to go and try something different.
“But I’m blessed and I’m happy that I found my passion very quickly.”