Udinese fired Igor Tudor this week and caretaker manager Luca Gotti assures he has “no ambitions” to keep the job beyond today’s game with Genoa.
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Tudor was dismissed after back-to-back embarrassing defeats, 7-1 to Atalanta and 4-0 at home to 10-man Roma.
There are several candidates for the role, with Walter Zenga as the current favourite, but Gotti will be at the helm this afternoon.
“We have to leave everything else to one side and focus only on one game that is important for our position in the standings,” said Gotti in his press conference.
“They were humiliating defeats, but my focus has to be on the next match. A lot of pressure swept up these players and we need to shake all of that off, think only about the football.
“What happened over the last 10 days is not normality. We thought that we were on the right track, but it all fell apart simultaneously.
“I want to see people who play football, who want the ball at their feet and want to make the difference. We can’t just be passive and let the game happen to us.
“We’ve got to be prepared for difficulties and opportunities, because a match is rarely linear, there are moments of depression mixed with explosions of joy and we need to be ready for anything.”
Genoa have been themselves transformed by the dismissal of Aurelio Andreazzoli and arrival of new coach Thiago Motta.
“They recharged the batteries of their enthusiasm over the last two games. You could tell in the first half of his debut against Brescia that everything was weighing on them, but a moment changed everything and that can happen in football.”
If Gotti does well as a caretaker manager, does he think that it might be a more permanent appointment?
“I will remain because I am an assistant manager, but I am quite an unusual one, in that I have no ambitions of being a Serie A coach. I did it for a dozen or so years and had such an unpleasant experience that I decided I just didn’t want to do that anymore.
“It’s a different type of job and I will work very hard over these days with enthusiasm, but I have no illusions of anything else.”
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