Udinese has appointed Luigi Delneri as the team’s new head coach on a one year long contract. The team, which is 16th in the Serie A table with just 7 points, sacked the previous coach Guiseppe Iachini on Sunday after they lost 3 – 0 at home to Lazio.
Sunday’s defeat was the team’s fourth consecutive league game without a win and Iachini most likely knew that his position was at risk. Last season he was fired twice by Palermo and he took charge of Udinese in May but lost four of the opening seven matches.
The new coach Delneri was head coach as Hellas Verona last season after Andrea Mandorlini was sacked in November but he was unable to save the team from relegation which lead to his sacking in May when the team lost 3 – 2 to Palermo.
Delneri rose to prominence during a four year spell with Chievo from 2000 during which he took the team into Serie A for the first time and even qualified for European football. Following that success he has enjoyed periods with Roma, Sampdoria and Juventus and he also spent a brief spell in Portugal with Porto. He was also a player for Udinese from 1978 to 1980.
Following the appointment the club released a statement on their website which said that, “Udinese Calcio announce they have entrusted Luigi Del Neri with the first team.”
The statement went on to say that Delneri has signed a one year contract for now but there is the option for a second year.
After the international break Udinese will be playing Serie A champions and league leaders Juventus away on October 15. Juventus are now four points clear at the top of the table having won six of their first seven games.