Confirmed: Former Swansea and QPR boss Paulo Sousa named head coach of Fiorentina

Paulo Sousa has been confirmed as Fiorentina’s head coach.

As confirmed by the club’s official website, Paulo Sousa has left Swiss champions Basel to take over the vacant managerial position at Italian giants Fiorentina.

The 44-year-old Portuguese coach has plenty of experience for his relatively young age, having managed as many as three clubs in England - Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City and Leicester City.

Sousa was renowned in England for his intentions to play technical football which brought him his biggest success while in the Championship with Swansea.

After replacing Roberto Martinez, the Portuguese led the Welsh outfit to their highest league position (seventh in the Championship) for 27 years before taking over the Foxes for the ensuing campaign.

Sousa's stay at the King Power stadium was short, lasting only nine games, but the experience helped him go on to have success in Hungary, Israel and later Switzerland with Basel.

He takes over a Fiorentina team who are very much an Italian powerhouse, having finished fourth in last season’s Serie A campaign and just missing out on Champions League qualification.

Still, the Viola have a Europa League campaign to look forward to, and next season the club’s hierarchy will expect Sousa to once again challenge at the top of the table.

The Tuscany outfit have some excellent players in their squad in the likes of Alberto Aquilani, Borja Valero and Mario Gomez, so expectations will be high.

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