Italiano confirms backroom staff

New Wellington Phoenix head coach Giancarlo Italiano has finalised his staff for the 2023-24 Isuzu UTE A-League season.

Italian Francesco Evangelista has arrived in Wellington to take up his position as the men’s new head analyst.

As previously announced Adam Griffiths will be Italiano’s assistant and they are joined in the coaching team by returning goalkeeper mentor Ruben Parker.

Parker has signed on for his first full season in the role, having been promoted to the men’s first team staff from the Phoenix academy last December.

Evangelista has joined the club from S.S. Juve Stabia in Serie C and replaces Logan Hughes, who has departed after two seasons as the team’s analyst.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – JULY 06: Goalkeeping coach Ruben Parker looks on during a Wellington Phoenix training session at NZCIS on July 06, 2023 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Weijie Lim has been reappointed head of strength and conditioning.

Lim has been in the role for the past two A-League seasons, having previously worked at the academy for five years.

Cory Glover has been promoted to the head physiotherapist role, after serving as Ben Venn’s assistant the past two seasons, while Jamie Hassett has joined the first team from the academy to be the men’s rehab physio.

Venn has moved on after seven years with the Phoenix, the past four of which were as head physiotherapist.

Jake Piper is continuing as the men’s football operations manager, having only joined the Nix in February, and Jack Mapp has been reappointed the team’s kit man for a third season.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – JULY 06: Coach Giancarlo Italiano speaks to assistant coach Adam Griffiths during a Wellington Phoenix training session at NZCIS on July 06, 2023 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

“I’m really pleased with the make-up of my staff,” Italiano said.

“Adam did a fantastic job at WSW last year, while Francesco will bring new ideas to our playing structure and Ruben is one of the best up and coming ‘keeper coaches in the A-League.

“Weijie will provide us an excellent platform for our physical preparation, and Cory and Jamie will add new and youthful energy to the physio department.

“Finally I expect Jake and Jack will continue their good work as the team’s manager and kit man respectively.”

Weijie Lim is returning for a third season as the men’s head of strength and conditioning. Photo: Cam McIntosh/Photomac.

Wellington Phoenix men’s staff 2023-24

Head coach –
Giancarlo Italiano

Assistant coach – Adam Griffiths

Goalkeeper coach – Ruben Parker

Video analyst – Francesco Evangelista

Head of strength and conditioning – Weijie Lim

Head physiotherapist – Cory Glover

Rehab physiotherapist – Jamie Hassett

Football operations manager – Jake Piper

Kit man – Jack Mapp