Udinese have sacked coach Pasquale Marino, and have announced the appointment of former Torino coach Gianni De Biasi.
A statement on the club's official website Udinese.it reads:
"Udinese Calcio S.p.A communicates to have have relieved first team coach Pasquale Marino from his duties. The club would like to thank Marino for the work he has done ofver the last two and a half years.
"Udinese would also like to communicate to have given the role of first team coach to Gianni De Biasi who will be unveiled at the Stadio Fruili later today."
The appointment comes following a meeting between president Giampaolo Pozzo and De Biasi at his private residence this morning. The sacking has been in the pipeline following a poor run from the Zebrette.
On Saturday Pozzo had warned Marino that he "would be taking action" if the team's results didn't improve. Marino responded to his boss claiming "Pozzo didn't know the reality of the situation".
Sky Sport Italia claims this incident, as well as a strained relationship led to the coach being sacked.
De Biasi will be tasked with reviving fortunes at the club following a slide down the table. Marino is the tenth sacking in Italy this term.
Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com