Udinese relieve Di Canio of duties and bring in Iachini

Just two months after taking over, Di Canio makes way for Iachini

Udinese relieve Di Canio of duties and bring in Iachini
Iachini barks out orders while in charge at Palermo | photo source: spaziomilan.it

Udinese today announced the departure of manager Luigi Di Canio and his backroom staff through a club statement posted around mid day. In the same statement the Zebrette announced the appointment of former Palermo boss Giuseppe Iachini in his place on a two-year deal.

Di Canio only took charge of the Friuli based side in March and despite guiding the club to safety in his short tenure, he will not be allowed to carry on what he started.

Iachini on the other hand saw two spells at Palermo cut short by the notoriously fire happy president Maurizio Zamparini over the course of the season.

Second managerial departure in Pozzo run clubs recently

Last week, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores confirmed he would not be renewing his deal with the Vicarage Road side just a year after taking the reigns from Slavisa Jokanovic.

The decision came as a shock to many given Flores secured the hornets a second Premier League season on the bounce and lead them to the FA Cup semi-final before being put out by Crystal Palace.

The Pozzo family are owners of Udinese, Watford and Spanish outfit Granada also with regular movement of players between clubs not uncommon.

Not an easy job to take over

Objectives for Iachini will be clear, propel Udinese further up the table towards the European places. While this task seems arduous as is, it'll only get harder as stalwart goalscorer Antonio Di Natale will depart the club in the summer looking for pastures new.

Di Natale received a hero's send off after 12 years at the club | photo: beinsports.com
Di Natale received a hero's send off after 12 years at the club | photo: beinsports.com

Not only is Di Natale departing but there have been various reports linking the likes of Sylvan Widmer and Thomas Heurtaux, two of Udinese's better performers of season's past away from the club aswell as Piotr Zielinski - who will return from a two year loan from Empoli - who has been linked with a switch to Europa League runners up, Liverpool.