Udinese Calcio have appointed Giampiero Ventura as their new coach after Roy Hodgson left the club by mutual consent.
Former Sampdoria coach
The 53-year-old has signed a two-year deal and the former coach of Sampdoria UC, US Lecce and AC Venezia will be officially unveiled later on Tuesday.
Club looking forward
"We can confirm that Mr Ventura has joined the club and look forward to a successful reign under his command," Udinese spokesman Guglielmo Querini said. Ventura's biggest achievement in football was to guide Lecce from Serie C to Serie A in successive seasons.
Quoted in tabloid
Hodgson, the former coach of the Swiss national team, Internazionale FC and Blackburn Rovers FC, left after he was quoted in the Daily Mail, an English tabloid, as saying he regretted taking over as Udinese coach in the summer.
Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport he was hurt by the Englishman's remarks. "I am shocked by the declaration by Hodgson in the Daily Mail," Pozzo said. "It's not really English behaviour and it's hit me in the heart."
Ninth in Serie A
Udinese, who have won their last two matches and beat Serie A leaders Inter in the Coppa Italia, are ninth in the 18-team league standings with 18 points.
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