Guidolin looking for different role

Francesco Guidolin is considering taking a break from coaching next season and moving into a different role at Udinese.

Last Updated: 23/04/14 at 10:29 Post Comment

Francesco Guidolin: Staying with the club he loves

Francesco Guidolin: Staying with the club he loves

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The experienced tactician has endured his most difficult season since joining Udinese from Parma in 2010 and reports in Italy have linked him with a move away from the Friuli outfit this summer.

However, Guidolin, who is under contract with Udinese until June 2017, has no intention to leave the club in the near future.

"My rapport with this club is a beautiful, sincere and loyal one," he said to www.udinese.it. "I speak on a daily basis with our president regarding the future projects and, at the end of the season, we will decide what is the best road to take.

"We are evaluating several possibilities with the right serenity."

The stress of coaching saw Guidolin, who guided Udinese to top-five finishes in the previous three campaigns, come close to resigning from his post several times in the past two years.

Guidolin is open to consider other roles within the club.

"After 551 coaching appearances in Serie A, the bench can become a burden," the 58-year-old said. "I'm not ruling out coaching but I am an intelligent person and a curious one.

"I'm not afraid to try out something new.

"I turned down important offers in the past. I could have fought for bigger and more important aims and earned much more money elsewhere.

"However, I made certain choices that perhaps others would not have made because I am happy here and I would like for this story to continue.

"I know I am appreciated, that the majority of the people like me and that I can still give plenty to the cause.

"There's a lot of work to be done here and I don't see why I cannot be gratified in an environment that I like.

"Nothing has changed with respect to my relationship with our president (Giampaolo Pozzo), it's as though we had earned 70 points this season."

Guidolin and Udinese cannot wait for the season to be over as they have mustered 39 points from 33 games and lie 13th in Serie A with four games to go.

"We need to end the season in the best possible way," Guidolin said. "We only defended our Serie A status with seven games to go and we have lacked the right motivation that we had in our last three seasons."


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