Francesco Guidolin is no longer the manager of Udinese. His decision has been announced during today’s press conference, which saw Guidolin speaking together with sports director Cristiano Giaretta. He won’t train other teams, at least not in the near future: he’s decided to become a technical supervisor for the Pozzo family, a role which will keep him busy for Udinese, Granada and Watford at the same time. This new position was described by Giaretta, who opened the conference stating that there had been no way of convincing Guidolin to change his mind from his previous decision of leaving his seat. Giaretta then wished Guidolin all the luck for his future role.
Guidolin looked quite enthusiastic about his new future. “I’m very happy”, he said, “I won’t be the manager anymore but I’m staying here and that’s great. This is a new adventure and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been training teams for many years, this is something completely new. I don’t know how I’ll handle it, but let’s hope for the best”.
“I’m a bit sad”, he added, “but this decision is all mine and I’m sure it’s the best one for me and the team”.
Giaretta then talked about Guidolin’s period at Udinese, praising the manager who took the Friuli team to the Champions League preliminaries for two years in a row. This years have been highly satisfying, Giaretta said, because the team expanded and gathered strength and popularity, despite the last season not being as successful as the others.
“I agree with Giaretta”, Guidolin commented. “This years have been great and I’m sure this club has all the potential to keep doing well. I’ve given a few suggestions on my successor, but it’s the club decision. We’ll see”.
Guidolin was also asked to recall his best and worst moments at Udinese. “The best moments were when I was given the opportunity to train this team, and when I improvised a dance to celebrate our first Champions League qualification. The worst moment was when we lost to Braga. That was very hard to accept”.
The future of another symbol of Udinese, Antonio Di Natale, is all but certain, but Guidolin couldn’t give any answers: “It’s his decision, it has nothing to do with mine”, he said, adding that the striker, together with Danilo, Pinzi and Domizzi, had already been informed of his plans.
“Maybe this is the best moment to leave, it’s been a slightly disappointing year, although I saw many positive things”, he said in the end. “I don’t want the fans to remember only the bad years and not the good ones”, he said about this last season. “But this year was not completely unsuccessful, and the fans should not go too heavy on the team. It was sad to hear them boo Di Natale, for example. They must stay close to the team because, like I’ve said, there’s a lot of potential and other good results could be achieved in the future”.