The struggling Serie A club have parted ways with boss Semplici.
Thay have brought Di Biago instead.
Italian side SPAL have officially fired coach Leonardo Semplici and have appointed Luigi Di Biagio as a replacement. “SPAL announce that first team coach Leonardo Semplici has been removed from his post,” read a statement. “The club thanks Mister Semplici and his staff for the work done and results achieved over the years.”
The decision was made after a 2-1 home defeat to Sassuolo, their 16th Serie A loss of the campaign, along with three draws and four wins. It’s the end of an era for 52-year-old Semplici, as he took the SPAL job in December 2014 when they were still in Serie C.
He took them to promotion into Serie B for the first time in 23 years, then the very next season achieved promotion into Serie A, ending their 49-year wait for a return to the top flight. Semplici continued his remarkable achievements with SPAL, keeping them in Serie A for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 campaigns.
Di Biagio is making history as the first coach to ever make the leap from coaching only in the national team setup to Serie A. The former midfielder has no managerial club experience behind him. He has signed a six-month contract, with an option to extend for a further season.