Sliema Wanderers announced that former Malta national team coach John Buttigieg has been appointed as their new coach.
Buttigieg is a product of Sliema Wanderers, making his Premier League debut in season 1981/82. He then moved to England where he played for Brentford and Swindon Town and on his return to Malta in 1991, he first played for Floriana before joining Valletta in 1999. He ended his playing career at the end of season 2001/02.
John Buttigieg was appointed coach of Birkirkara FC in March 2007 but in July 2009, he was approached by the Malta Football Association to take over as national coach. His contract, together with that of his assistant Carmel Busuttil were terminated in October 2011. Buttigieg, together with Busuttil, were then appointed to head the Birkirkara FC Academy. In 2014, he was appointed Technical Director of the Floriana FC Nursery.
Buttigieg will be assisted by Ivan Woods as assistant coach while Stephen Azzopardi will continue as the club’s Nursery Technical Director. He will be leading the team for the first time next Monday.