Relegation-threatened Udinese sack manager Cioffi

Udinese sacked manager Gabriele Cioffi on Monday with the Serie A club in danger of relegation.

Cioffi, 48, took over in October with the club third-bottom in the standings but the Italian was unable to turn around the club’s fortunes.

Udinese have lost three of their last four league matches and sit 17th, level on 28 points with third-bottom Frosinone, who are in the relegation zone, albeit with a game in hand.

“Udinese Calcio announces that it has relieved Gabriele Cioffi from the position of head coach of the first team,” the club said in a statement.

“To the coach the (club gives) thanks for the professionalism shown and the work done during these months (and offers) to him the best wishes for the continuation of his career.”

According to Italian media, former Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro, who has coached several sides in China plus Serie B team Benevento, is Udinese’s preferred choice to replace Cioffi.

The remaining 18 minutes of Udinese’s April 14 home game with AS Roma, which was suspended with the score at 1-1 after visiting defender Evan Ndicka collapsed on the pitch, has been scheduled for April 25.



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