Udinese sack Pasquale Marino

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Udinese have sacked coach Pasquale Marino and reacted immediately by appointing former Torino coach Gianni Di Biasi in his place.

Club president Giampaolo Pozzo has made the move after seeing his side win just one of their last six Serie A fixtures and they now sit 14th in the table.

A statement on the club's official website said: "Udinese have relieved first-team coach Pasquale Marino from his duties.

"The club would like to thank Marino for the work he has done over the last two-and-a-half years.

"Udinese have given the role of first-team coach to Gianni De Biasi who will be unveiled at the Stadio Fruili later today."

Lazio winger Pasquale Foggia has suffered a knee injury and is expected to be ruled out for around 40 days.

He underwent the surgeon's knife to cure a problem to his meniscus and is likely to miss the club's Serie A clashes against Atalanta, Juventus and Chievo while he recovers.

A statement on the club's official website said: "Pasquale Foggia, accompanied by club doctor Bianchini, underwent meniscus surgery at the Paideia Clinic.

"He had arthroscopy to mend a damaged meniscus in his right knee.

"The operation, which was carried out by Doctors Lovati and Salvatori was a perfect success. The player should be playing again in around 35-40 days' time."

AC Milan star Andrea Pirlo has hailed the club's decision to bring David Beckham back to Italy for a second loan spell.

He will join in January on a six-month deal from LA Galaxy and could feature against former side Manchester United in the Champions League knock-out stage.

Pirlo believes the Rossoneri are bagging one of the world's best players, even though the England international is coming towards the end of his illustrious career.

Pirlo said: "You could see Beckham come off the bench to score a free-kick at Old Trafford. That is his kind of mentality. Knowing David, he would not celebrate if he scored. He has too much class.

"Beckham is among the top five players in the world and has demonstrated that at both club and international level."