Udinese have announced the dismissal of coach Pasquale Marino and installed Gianni De Biasi as his successor.
Marino has paid the price for a series of poor results, culminating in Sunday's 2-1 defeat away to relegation-threatened Siena.
The loss was Udinese's fourth in five games and left them languishing in the bottom half of the Serie A table, five points above the relegation zone.
President Giampaolo Pozzo had admitted earlier in the week that he had to fulfil his 'responsibilities' to the club.
The decision to end Marino's two-and-a-half-year tenure at the Stadio Friuli has now been taken at the start of the Italian winter break to give De Biasi time to settle in.
The experienced De Biasi, who has been out of work since leaving Torino 12 months ago, will take charge of his first game against Bari on 6 January.
Source: Sky Sports