Modena FC have appointed Alberto Malesani, the man who guided Parma AC to victory in the 1999 UEFA Cup, as their new coach following the departure last week of Giovanni De Biasi.
Malesani is expected to sign a one-year contract tomorrow morning when he is officially unveiled. He will replace De Biasi who left in search of a new challenge after three-and-a-half years at the Alberto Braglia stadium.
The 49-year-old Malesani, who was sacked by Parma in 2000, parted company with Hellas-Verona FC last week after helping his hometown club avoid a second successive relegation following demotion from Serie A in 2002. He made his name at the city's other club, AC Chievo Verona, whom he led to promotion from Serie C1 to Serie B in 1993.
Having established Chievo as a mid-table side, Malesani moved to AC Fiorentina in 1997 to succeed Claudio Ranieri. He stayed in Florence for a season before making the short trip north to Parma, where he won the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup, beating Olympique de Marseille 3-0 in the Moscow final, in his first full campaign.
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