Pescara have appointed former defender Cristiano Bergodi as their new coach following the resignation of Giovanni Stroppa at the weekend.
The new man represented Pescara for five years from 1984 before he moved on to Lazio, making 160 appearances for the Rome-based club. He retired in 2000 and has spent most of his coaching career in Romania, winning the Super Cup with Rapid Bucharest and guiding CFR Cluj to a place in Europe.
He has little experience in Italy other than being sacked twice last season by Modena but, speaking at a brief press conference on Tuesday, said he is determined to give something back to both the club and city he once called home. "I will try to give my best, I am a person who never gives up and I'm very determined," he told reporters. "I know this team well, and I believe we have all the means to avoid relegation."
"I am very excited, and I want to thank the president for giving me the opportunity to return to the city that loved me. I was at Pescara for nine years overall, and it is a great source of pride to be back here as a coach."
Pescara sit third bottom of Serie A but are not in a hopeless position. They have 11 points, the same total as four other sides, and are only one win from Torino in 13th.