Udinese appoint Julio Velazquez as new manager

Udinese have appointed Julio Velazquez as their new manager, the club announced on Thursday.

The Spaniard, 36, spent the past two seasons at second-division side Alcorcon and will assume coaching duties on July 1

Udinese sacked former boss Massimo Oddo in April. Igor Tudor took over as interim manager until the end of the season.

A club statement read: “Udinese make official the signing of coach Julio Velazquez Santiago with effect from July 1 to lead the first team.

“Tomorrow at 12.00 [local time] at the Dacia Arena there will be a press conference to present the new coach.

“The club thanks Igor Tudor and Mark Iuliano for their work in the final phase of the 2017-18 season and wishes them the best for the future.”

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