Verona director Tony D’Amico explains why they sacked Eusebio Di Francesco after just three games to bring in Igor Tudor.
The new boss makes his debut against Roma at the Stadio Bentegodi at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT).
“It’s difficult to explain or analyse a decision that was tough for us, even more painful because it was unusual for a club like ours, but all I can say is that we felt the need to change,” D’Amico told DAZN.
Di Francesco lost all three matches at the helm, but the Hellas Verona chief hints at what prompted the sudden turnaround.
“Tudor can work on the character of the team and we feel he is more suited to the characteristics of the players in the squad.”
Inevitably, there are comparisons with predecessor Ivan Juric, as Tudor is also Croatian and the pair have been friends since childhood.
“Replacing a strong coach like Ivan Juric is tough, so it’s not fair to make comparisons. We knew when Juric asked to leave that it would be difficult, because after two years of excellent results, we imagined it would be tough.
“The characteristics of these players are pretty specific.”