Udinese officially announce former Juventus, Verona and Genoa boss Luigi Delneri as their new coach.
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Speaking at an official press conference this afternoon, Delneri was unveiled by Udinese President Franco Soldati who said:
“We are delighted to welcome Luigi Delneri, a true Friuli man.”
The Bianconero relieved Iachini of his duties on the weekend due to the club’s poor start to the Serie A campaign. Sporting Director Nereo Bonato went on to confirm:
“We were forced to reassess things and opted for an immediate change. Delneri brings experience and knowledge.”
Talks between the club and Delneri had taken place as previously reported but it is unclear how long they had been in touch for.
Delneri, a former player and local of Udinese himself, was delighted with the opportunity presented to him and stressed the importance of discipline, organisation and the relationship between the club and it’s fans:
“I like to thank the Pozzo family. We had been in contact for a long time. I’m very happy to return to this club…I believe the players we have here are very talented. We’ll try to provide them with a solid tactical grounding…we have to get closer to our fans again. That is a specific aim of ours.”
Delneri’s first game in charge on paper could not be tougher as his side will be taking on his former side Juventus at the Juventus Stadium. However, Delneri welcomed the fixture:
“The fact we play Juvetus in our next match makes it easier to prepare for motivation-wise. We must be bold.”
The Zebrette, 16th and two points off the relegation places, will certainly be hoping Delneri is the man to improve their fortunes this season.