Udinese have paid tribute to Coach Francesco Guidolin, who today marks the 40th anniversary of his football debut.
The tactician made his first appearance for Hellas Verona on August 4 1973. He became a Coach in 1986 and has had two spells at the Friuli in 1998-99 and from 2010 to the present.
“From 1973 to today, from Verona to Udinese, Guidolin has had quite a journey,” wrote patron Gianpaolo Pozzo on the official club website.
“Congratulations for this significant step in your extraordinary career. I wish you just as many more years of satisfaction in football. I am proud that Udinese represented an important part of your journey in this world.
“In the years spent together, your contribution to our growth has been decisive. Let me also underline the respect and affection I feel for you go beyond your professional qualities.
“The fact you repeatedly turned down the call of metropolitan clubs to stay with us makes our bond, the bond with the city and our land, much more special than a simple rapport between a Coach and his club.
“The results we achieved together are our Scudetto. I hope they have the same value in your eyes and that one day when you decide to retire you’ll consider Udinese the ‘big club’ of your career.
“With affection, Gianpaolo Pozzo.”
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