Udinese confirm De Canio return

Serie A strugglers Udinese have confirmed the appointment of former Catania boss Luigi De Canio as their new coach following the resignation of Stefano Colantuono.

Colantuono handed in his resignation on Monday after a 2-1 defeat at home to Roma saw Zebrette drop closer to the bottom of the Serie A table, four points adrift of relegation zone.

The club did not waste time in announcing De Canio, who enjoyed great success at the club after winning the Intertoto cup and reaching the UEFA Cup Last 16 twice between 1999-2001, as a suitable replacement on Tuesday.

"Udinese announce the appointment of Luigi De Canio as new head coach of the first team," read an official club statement.

"The manager has signed a contract until the end of the season.

"It's the second adventure with Udinese for De Canio after his previous experience which lasted from August 1999 to March 2001.

"In those two years De Canio won the Intertoto Cup in the double final against Sigma Olomouc in August 2000. In addition he reached the Uefa Cup round of 16 and the semi-final of the Coppa Italia."

The 58-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal that sees him return to the Udinese following a 15-year absence, and his first order of business will be to secure the club's survival in Italy's top tier.