Sunday, 21 February 2010

Udinese bring back Marino

Udinese have reappointed Pasquale Marino as coach after sacking Gianni De Biasi following Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Genoa.

Pasquale MarinoMarino was only dismissed himself by Udinese in December, but has been brought back to the club following De Biasi's short reign.

De Biasi won just one Serie A game during his time at the helm, with the defeat at Genoa leaving Udinese just one point outside the relegation zone.

"Udinese Calcio announce that Pasquale Marino and his staff have been reappointed as coaches of the first team," read an official club statement.

"The club would like to thank Gianni De Biasi for his commitment and professionalism during his time at Udinese."

The side from the north-eastern city of Udine had made a decent start to the campaign under Marino before a dip in form, and they still boast Serie A's top scorer in Antonio Di Natale and are still in the Coppa Italia, although trailing Roma 2-0 after the first leg of their semi-final tie.

Clubs in Italy regularly recall sacked coaches because they are still on the payroll if their contracts were not resolved and so are cheaper to employ than looking at other options.

Marino's first game back in charge will be at home to Cagliari on Wednesday before champions and Serie A leaders Inter visit next weekend.

Source: Sky Sports

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