Monday February 10 2020
Report: Di Biagio new SPAL coach

SPAL have reportedly sacked Leonardo Semplici and agreed a deal with former Italy Under-21 coach Gigi Di Biagio.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Semplici has already been informed of the dismissal and Di Biagio will sign the contract on Monday morning.

The decision was made after a 2-1 home defeat to Sassuolo, which left the club from Ferrara propping up the Serie A table with 15 points from 23 rounds.

They have won only four matches, drawn three and lost 16.

It’s the end of a very long journey for 52-year-old Semplici, as he took the SPAL job in December 2014 when the club was still in Serie C.

He took them to promotion into Serie B for the first time in 23 years, then the very next season achieved promotion into Serie A, ending their 49-year wait for a return to the top flight.

Semplici continued his remarkable achievements with SPAL, keeping them in Serie A for the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 campaigns.

This represents the first real club role of Di Biagio’s management career, as he was at the helm of the Italy Under-20 side from 2011-13 and the Under-21s from 2013-19.

The 48-year-old also had two games as caretaker manager on the senior Azzurri bench during the transition period between Giampiero Ventura and Roberto Mancini in 2018.

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