SEASON 2020 | Essendon Royals confirm Carl Recchia as Senior Men's Assistant Coach

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Essendon Royals are proud to announce the appointment of Carl Recchia as the club’s Senior Men’s Assistant Coach for season 2020.

Recchia will work with Senior Men’s Coach Vitale Ferrante for the upcoming season and said he was excited for the project ahead.

“Essendon Royals is a club with ambition and the committee has made a pretty strong statement that they want to progress over the next few seasons and try and take the club higher and higher,” he said.

“That’s something Vitale and I would love to achieve here. We’re looking forward to implementing our style of training and playing and developing a really strong culture here.

“The new facilities are fantastic. There are a load of kids playing and training here, the club’s juniors will be in the NPL next season, so it’s a growing club and an exciting project.”

As a player, Recchia played in the A-League with Melbourne Victory, where he was a foundation player, and also represented Queensland Roar (now Brisbane Roar), before carving out an extremely successful career in the top-flight of Victorian football.

He also made four appearances for South Melbourne FC in the National Soccer League prior to the creation of the A-League.

His top-flight Victorian career saw him become championship winner at Altona Magic, while he also played for South Melbourne and Pascoe Vale FC, making over 200 appearances between the Victorian Premier League and the National Premier Leagues Victoria competitions.

Recchia is no stranger to working with Ferrante, having played under him and assisted him at Pascoe Vale prior to joining him at the Royals.

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“Having worked with Vitale for the past two seasons, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with him again,” he said.

“I’ve learned a lot from him and I think I will continue to learn a lot from him. I think we work well together.”

Recchia said he and Ferrante would be working hard to make the Royals a destination club for some of Victoria’s most talented footballers.

“For us, we want to create an environment where players buy into our game and where we gain respect from the players and give that respect back,” he said.

“We want an environment where players want to come here and want to stay here and that will be the first step to success.”

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