Fabio Cannavaro Emerges as Favorite to Replace Gabriele Cioffi as Udinese Coach

Udinese sacks coach Cioffi and appoints World Cup champion Fabio Cannavaro as their new manager to lead the team's fight against relegation in the final matches of the Serie A season.

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Fabio Cannavaro Emerges as Favorite to Replace Gabriele Cioffi as Udinese Coach

Fabio Cannavaro Emerges as Favorite to Replace Gabriele Cioffi as Udinese Coach

Fabio Cannavaro, the 2006 World Cup champion, has emerged as the favorite to replace Gabriele Cioffi as the Udinese coach following the team's last-minute 1-0 defeat against Hellas Verona on Sunday. The loss leaves Udinese just one point clear of the relegation zone with five rounds remaining in the Serie A season.

Udinese have decided to sack Cioffi and bring in Cannavaro as their new manager. "Udinese made the decision to replace Cioffi following their last-minute 1-0 defeat against Hellas Verona," a club source confirmed. Cannavaro, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2006, will be making his debut as a Serie A coach, with his only previous Italian coaching experience being a brief spell at Benevento in Serie B.

Cannavaro is expected to sign his contract with Udinese on Monday and his first match in charge will be against Roma on Thursday. The game will see Cannavaro face off against his former Italy teammate Daniele De Rossi, who is now the coach of Roma. Cannavaro's coaching staff at Udinese will include his brother Paolo, as well as former Udinese player Giampiero Pinzi and Emanuele Troise.

Why this matters: The appointment of a World Cup winner and former Ballon d'Or recipient as head coach is a significant move for Udinese as they battle to avoid relegation. Cannavaro's arrival brings renewed hope and attention to the club during a critical stage of the season.

Cioffi, who had taken over as Udinese coach in October 2022, oversaw a challenging period for the club, with 4 wins, 10 draws, and 10 defeats in Serie A and the Coppa Italia. Udinese director Federico Balzaretti acknowledged the tough situation, stating, "We will need to fight until the end against Roma." The club now turns to Cannavaro to guide the team through the crucial final matches as they seek to secure their Serie A status for another season.

Key Takeaways

  • Fabio Cannavaro to replace Gabriele Cioffi as Udinese coach after 1-0 loss to Verona.
  • Udinese sit just 1 point above relegation zone with 5 games left in Serie A season.
  • Cannavaro, 2006 Ballon d'Or winner, to make Serie A coaching debut against former teammate De Rossi's Roma.
  • Cannavaro's coaching staff to include brother Paolo, ex-Udinese player Pinzi, and Troise.
  • Udinese hope Cannavaro's appointment can help secure Serie A status for next season.