After firing Gabriele Cioffi earlier in the week, Verona on Thursday unveiled Salvatore Bocchetti as their new head coach.
Bocchetti has been elevated from leading Verona’s youth squad to the vacant first-team position after serving as Cioffi’s predecessor Igor Tudor’s assistant last season.
After their fourth straight loss, a 2-1 loss against Salernitana, which put them in the relegation zone, Cioffi was fired on Tuesday.
He had been hired over the summer on a two-year contract to replace Tudor, who is currently at Marseille.
However, since Giovanni Simeone, Gianluca Caprari, and Antonin Barak—who all played key roles in Verona’s finest season in years last season—left the club, they have only won once in their first nine games.
The 35-year-old former center-back Bocchetti, who only ended his playing career last year, will face the champions AC Milan in his inaugural match on Sunday.
He played with Spartak Moscow and Rubin Kazan for the most of his playing career in Russia, where in 2017 he won the Premier League.
During Italy’s catastrophic World Cup 2010 campaign, when the Azzurri finished last in a group that also included Slovakia, Paraguay, and New Zealand, Bocchetti made five appearances for his nation.