Udinese announce they have agreed to extend their contract with coach Luca Gotti to June 2022.
Their official Twitter account posted only an emoji of two hands shaking, a hint ahead of the statement on the website.
“Udinese Calcio are pleased to announce that Luca Gotti will be the first team coach in 2021-22 as well. The coach signed the contract this afternoon that ties him to the club until June 2022.”
It comes after multiple reports the club had agreed a new deal with the tactician, whose deal had been due to expire on June 30.
Initially there were suggestions he would not be confirmed on his bench after an overall disappointing campaign.
However, negotiations with potential replacements did not give the desired effect, and Udinese decided to stick with him.
Gotti spent most of his career as an assistant manager, including to Roberto Donadoni and Maurizio Sarri.
He was promoted to the main Udinese role as a caretaker in November 2019 when Igor Tudor was fired and had always insisted he didn’t want the job on a permanent basis.
Nonetheless, the club convinced him to stay on and that experience will also continue in 2021-22.
— Udinese Calcio (@Udinese_1896) June 11, 2021