Serie A club Chievo Verona have sacked head coach Domenico Di Carlo and brought in Eugenio Corini as his replacement.
Chievo have lost five straight games following their opening day victory over Bologna and last week’s 4-1 defeat away to Palermo was the final straw for the club.
In a short statement, Chievo confirmed Di Carlo has left the club, ending his second stint as head coach after also leading the Verona-based side from 2008 to 2010.
“The club offer our heartfelt gratitude to the coach and his staff, not only for the excellent results achieved during his three seasons at Chievo, but especially for their commitment, professionalism and dedication,” the statement read.
Corini, who played 134 matches for Chievo from 1998 to 2003, has signed a deal to take over as head coach, which will be his first coaching job in Serie A.
The 42-year-old former central midfielder was coach of lower-league club Frosinone last season but claims his knowledge of Chievo’s set-up means he is ready to work in Italy’s top division.
“I already knew a lot about Chievo, I knew about the situation and all about the individual players,” Corini told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“That’s why the directors called me when they decided to change (the coach).
“We start with the challenge of Sampdoria and I’m confident.
“The squad is a good one and we have everything here that we need to survive.”
Corini is keen to payback Chievo’s faith in his coaching ability.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me and I’m grateful to the club,” Corini said.
“They stayed loyal to me when I was going through a tough time as a player, after a serious injury, and I won’t disappoint them this time.
“I’m lucky to have worked under (coaching) masters like Gigi Del Neri and Francesco Guidolin, so I’ll try to apply what they’ve taught me in the best possible way.”