Udinese replace De Biasi with Marino

MILAN - Udinese sacked coach Gianni De Biasi and reappointed Pasquale Marino on Sunday after a 3-0 loss at Genoa left the Italian Serie A club a point above the relegation zone.

Former Torino boss De Biasi only replaced Marino in December but results did not improve and Saturday's weak defeat was the last straw for club directors.

"Udinese announce that Pasquale Marino and his staff have been reappointed as coaches of the first team," a club statement said.

Italian clubs regularly recall sacked managers because they are still on the payroll if their contracts were not resolved and so are cheaper to employ than other coaches.

The side from the north-eastern city of Udine had made a decent start to the campaign under Marino before a dip in form, and they still boast Serie A's top scorer in Antonio Di Natale.