Bangor City have appointed Hugo Colace as the coach to lead the club as it targets a return to top flight football.
He replaces former World Cup winner Pedro Pasculli who will take up a role as technical secretary at the Cymru North club.
Colace, 36, is taking over the reins of the club after a successful career playing in Argentina, Brazil, Italy and the UK.
It is his knowledge of British football, his leadership skills and his coaching ability that the club feels makes him the ideal candidate to continue the excellent work put in place by Pasculli.
After a first season of stability which saw them finish fifth in Cymru North, Bangor is now ready for the next stage under president Domenico Serafino who is more committed than ever to bring the glory days back to the city.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to the challenge of building a team to win promotion,” said Hugo.
“It was always an ambition of mine to go into coaching and I think this is the right moment for me. With my experience including three years at Barnsley I am confident of bringing success here.”
Having joined the Citizens in January this year, Hugo has been combining a role as midfield general and co-ordinator of the club’s Youth Development Centre. During the lockdown he has been giving a programme for kids so they can train from home.
“I am grateful for the confidence that the president has put in me and I would like to continue the good work that has been done by Pedro to get the club back on track,” he said.
“The job now is to get promotion, do well in the other two competitions and then classify for the Europa League. I want my players to make the most of every training session, every little detail will count in us getting back to the top division.”
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is well known for his determination and work ethic and it is these qualities that Hugo learnt from him when they were together at Argentine side Estudiantes.
“Simeone coached me and has been an influence while I also like (Pep) Guardiola,” said Hugo.
“I learnt from Simeone the importance of each individual detail and the need to be professional. My style of football is where the team has possession of the ball and looks to move quickly in transitions into attack.
“I was always a captain, at youth level with Argentina and it is just my personality, a natural leader maybe. Also the position I have played in midfield requires personality,” he added.
Colace’s leadership skills convinced Bangor City president Domenico Serafino that he was the right man for the job.
Hugo captained a generation of Argentina’s best talent at Under 15, 17 and 20 level and it is his forthright and serious style that means that Bangor are in good hands.
The former Barnsley midfielder takes over from Pasculli, who remains very much part of Serafino’s project at the Citizens as technical secretary.
“Hugo made an immediate impression on me as a strong personality and leader,” said Domenico.
“He came to the club with plenty of knowledge of British football after doing very well at Barnsley. His experience means that he is the right person to be coaching the players on a day to day basis.”
It has been a year of restructuring for the Bangor president and he is grateful for the hard work put in by Pasculli so far.
“Pedro is a World Cup winner, a coach who has been at the very top of the game and in his new role he will continue to give his footballing expertise to the club while at the same time be ready to offer advice or assistance to Hugo if he should need it,” said Domenico.
“We are still putting the foundations into a very robust project here at Bangor where we are all working together now to see the club get back into the top flight and then target Europe.
“We are not looking to do a quick-fix but put firm building blocks in place from the grass roots upwards and before long become once again a become a force to be reckoned with.
“Hugo is a winner, who has the determination to bring Bangor to the top of the Welsh game and we as a club are giving him our full support.”