Sacking Igor Tudor and keeping caretaker Luca Gotti on longer than he anticipated, Udinese ultimately scraped survival again, writes Ciro Di Brita.
Friulani stay afloat
Udinese finished the season in 13th position with 45 points, where three wins in the final five games allowed them to extend their stay in the top flight into their 25th consecutive year.
Le Zebrette started the campaign with Igor Tudor on the bench after the Croatian replaced Davide Nicola in March 2019. A 7-1 hammering in Bergamo against Atalanta in October was followed up three days later by a 4-1 home defeat to Roma and signalled the end of the former Juventus defender’s time in charge at the Dacia Arena.
Luca Gotti, who worked as an assistant to Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea last season and had been on Tudor’s staff, was installed as interim Coach in November and lead his new side to a 3-1 win at Genoa in his first game. He was adamant for months that he was only there as a caretaker until the club had found a new coach, insisting he didn’t want the main job and much preferred being an assistant. Udinese, however, were in no rush to take meetings.
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