Udinese have confirmed the appointment of Alberto Malesani following the sacking of Giovanni Galeone.
Friulani owner Giampaolo Pozzo decided to replace the veteran tactician after the 2-0 loss to Palermo on Sunday, despite the fact that his side are just three points shy of a Champions League spot.
Pozzo informed Galeone of his decision on Monday evening after rumours suggested that the coach himself was considering the idea of resigning.
Malesani started his coaching career with a bang at Chievo in 1993 after immediately leading the side to promotion to Serie B.
After three seasons in the Second Division, he joined Fiorentina in 1997 before moving to Parma where he won the Coppa Italia in 1999, as well as the Italian Super Cup and – more importantly – the UEFA Cup by defeating Marseille 3-0 in the Final.
After leaving the Ducali, Malesani then coached Verona, Modena and finally Panathinaikos, where he left last year after a disappointing season.
The 52-year-old Malesani will be unveiled to the media later today and will immediately start working with the team in view of the Messina match next weekend.
As for Galeone, who will turn 66 next week, he is now expected to announce his retirement from the game.
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