Udinese have appointed Stefano Colantuono as their new coach on a two-year contract, the Serie A club announced on Thursday.Colantuono succeeds Andrea Stramaccioni, who left Udinese at the end of the season.Udinese finished 16th in Serie A this season which caused Andrea Stramaccioni to be sacked after just one year in charge. It is undoubtedly that the 52-year-old will be tasked with sparking an upturn in fortunes for the upcoming season.
The club made a reasonable start to the campaign but in their last 26 they won just four matches in all competitions and ended up just seven points clear of Cagliariwho were relegated.The 39-year-oldStramaccioni has had a poor season in charge of the Italian side having guided them to just 10 victories in their 16th placed Serie A finish.
The club confirmed Colantuonoas Stramaccioni’sreplacement on their website; “UdineseCalcio announces it has appointed Stefano Colantuono as the coach of their first team. His contract will start on July 1 2015 and the length of it will be two years. The new coach will be unveiled to the media on June 8 at the Friuli stadium.”
Former Catania, Perugia, Palermo and Torino boss Colantuono had been out of work since being dismissed by Atalanta in March after five years with the Bergamo outfit.Colantuono’s most recent job was withAtalanta where he spent five years before getting sacked in March with Atalanta just above the relegation zone.
Colantuono started his coaching career in 2001 and enjoyed hisSerie C1 coaching debut in 2002–2003, ended in another fifth place, securing a place in the promotion playoff. In the season 2006–2007 he led Atalanta to an impressive seventh place in the Serie A table. In 2009 he was appointed as new head coach of Torino, replacing Giancarlo Camolese.
Colantuono led Atalanta’s successful return to the top flight during the 2011–12 Serie A season, resulting in a comfortable 12th place finish. An impressive outcome considering the club began the season with a six point deduction for its involvement in the 2011–12 Italian football scandal.
He had spent five years with the club including getting them promoted in 2010/2011 and perhaps more impressively keeping them in Serie A despite points deductions in 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 for their involvement in a match fixing scandal.Colantuono will now turn his attention to the job at hand with Udinese as the club look to bounce back from their worst league finish since being promoted to Serie A in 1994/1995.