Francesco Guidolin will focus on co-ordinating the foreign scouts for Udinese and Granada after being appointed as “supervisor” of the three Pozzo-owned clubs.
The 58-year-old retired as coach of Udinese on Tuesday after a 13th-place finish in Serie A and his new role was revealed by the club’s sporting director Christian Giaretta at a press conference.
“From next season he will no longer be the coach of Udinese, but take on the role of technical supervisor,” Giaretta said, as reported by football-italia.net. “Guidolin will supervise the three teams of the Pozzo family. We wish him all the best.”
It was not clear at that stage what Guidolin’s new role would involve, or what it potentially meant for Watford, but the Hornets have confirmed it will be primarily focusing on co-ordinating the foreign scouts for the Pozzo’s two other European clubs.
This may have some consequences for Watford if a player is scouted and he ultimately plays for them but we understand Guidolin’s new position will have no immediate impact on the day-to-day activities at London Colney.
Guidolin, who will still be based in Italy, guided Udinese to fourth and third place in the Italian top flight after returning to the club in 2010 and, in comments we first reported on Tuesday, he told the media: “This is a wonderful day for me, because I will no longer be a coach, but I can remain here.
“I am pleased to stay here, give my contribution and face this new challenge. A new adventure begins and I am curious to see how it goes.
“It’s no coincidence I chose to wear a jacket at this conference, because there are going to be some changes. It’s a new phase of my life.
“I have so many games behind me. I don’t know how I will settle into this new role. I also feel a little sadness, but I want to underline this is entirely my choice. It is what’s best for me.
“Over the next few days I will be at the disposal of the club, then I’ll begin a lovely vacation and after that start working on this new job.”
Hailing from Castelfranco Veneto in the province of Treviso, Guidolin will bring a wealth of managerial experience to his new role.
The Italian took up the reins at Udinese in 2010 and oversaw a period of success for the Friuli-Venezia Giulia-based club, guiding the Zebrette to fourth place in Serie A in his first season, finishing only behind Milan, Internazionale and Napoli to qualify for the Champions League play-offs.
Beaten by Arsenal over two legs to miss out on a place in the group stages of Europe’s premier competition, Guidolin improved the side the following summer and secured a third-place finish.
The 2012/13 campaign saw the Biaconeri finish fifth in Serie A, confirming their place in the Europa League.
Guidolin had previously managed Udinese for a year between 1998 and 1999.
Prior to succeeding Pasquale Marino at the Stadio Friuli, Guidolin spent two years coaching Parma, where he returned the club to Serie A at the first time of asking.
Head coach at Beppe Sannino’s former employers Palermo no fewer than four times, Guidolin’s first management role came at Giorgione in 1988.
A midfielder during his playing days, Guidolin spent nine years with Hellas Verona before retiring at Venezia in 1986.