Francesco Guidolin has shelved his threats to quit Udinese. “Disappointment got the better of me, but I’m a born fighter.”
The Coach announced he was prepared to step aside after Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat to Torino.
“I had a moment in which disappointment got the better of me, but I know full well I must be the first to urge the team to do better and ask the fans to stand by us,” he said in a Press conference.
“It was inevitable this situation would make me suffer. I took this team to Europe four times and in my career never had to fight for survival. However, this is the situation and we must do our best to get out of it.
“I am a born fighter and always have my shirt sleeves already pulled up to get working.”
Among the reasons for the Friulani’s difficult campaign is the poor form of Antonio Di Natale, who has been struggling with injury.
“These are situations that happen in football and the team got it wrong rather than an individual. If we play well then Di Natale will get chances too, so there is no scapegoat here.
“The next game with Livorno will be decisive, so we want to be organised, determined and hungry to do well.
“I exchanged some messages with patron Giampaolo Pozzo. He knows how much I care about these club colours.”
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