Rome, April 24: Italian top-division football club Udinese on Tuesday fired head coach Massimo Oddo and named ex-Juventus defender Igor Tudor of Croatia as his replacement. A statement on the Serie A club's website said former Italian international Oddo and his assistants had been officially dismissed and thanked them for their efforts, reports Efe. The Italian side is currently 15th in the Serie A standings with 33 points, only four points above the relegation zone.
Tudor, age 40, played for Juventus from 1998-2007 and has coached Greek side PAOK and Turkish sides Karabukspor and Galatasaray.
Oddo, who as a player won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, signed for Udinese on November 21, 2017 and leaves the team after a streak of 11 consecutive defeats.
The Italian coach began his time at Udinese with five straight victories before hitting a slump, during which they gained only six points in 16 matches. IANS