Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo has lined up former Catania coach Pasquale Marino to replace Alberto Malesani, according to reports in Italy.
The 44-year-old took the Sicilian outfit to their first Serie A season in over 20 years and secured their stay in top-flight football with a dramatic last day rescue, but stated after the match with Chievo that he would leave the club.
Malesani had replaced the axed Giovanni Galeone on the Udinese bench in January, but results were not up to standards, leading to the Friuliani hunting for a new tactician.
The Zebrette boss insisted that he didn’t believe he would be sacked in the summer, but his comments came before Pozzo slated the team’s performances in the last eight games of the campaign.
Udinese will probably announce Marino’s arrival next week, when the coach is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Stadio Friuli outfit.
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