Udinese Take an Unusual Route to Fill Their Bench

Udinese have opted for an outside-the-box solution after not confirming Fabio Cannavaro on their bench, handing the keys to Kosta Runjaic. He will debut not only in Serie A but also in a top-five European league.

The coach got his start in the lower divisions in Germany, primarily at Darmstadt and Kaiserslautern, with mixed results. He had an extended run, from 2017 to 2022, with Pogon Szczecin in Poland. His side constantly finished in the top half of the standings. He was then poached by Legia Warsaw. His club concluded his first season in second position, while he got the ax after 21 matches last year. The boss won the domestic cup and the Supercup and made it to the Europa Conference League playoffs during his time in the capital.

Runjaic isn’t the only new hire by Udinese. They have also moved on from exec Federico Balzaretti. To replace him, they reunited with their former player Gokhan Inler, who will serve as the head of the technical area, and Gianluca Nani, who has already worked with the Pozzo family, who’ll be the group technical director.

The Friulani had three coaching changes in 2023/2024, going from Andrea Sottil to Gabriele Cioffi to Cannavaro. They sealed their Serie A permanence in the final matchday by defeating Frosinone.

Our Take on Udinese and Runjaic

It’s the right moment to take a shot, as there’s always time to recover. Cannavaro probably deserved another chance, but their gaffers, but arguably Igor Tudor, tactics, and playing style have been pretty unremarkable for a decade at this point. Their attempt to zhuzh things up isn’t born out of thin air.

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