Former Argentine international Diego Simeone has been appointed as the new coach of Serie A strugglers Catania.
After the departure of Marco Giampaolo, Simeone, who has previously worked with Racing Club, Estudiantes, River Plate and San Lorenzo in South America, has been given a one-and-a-half year contract at the club.
A statement on Catania's official website read: "Diego Pablo Simeone is the new Catania coach. Calcio Catania S.p.A. communicates to have given the duty of coaching the first team to Mr Diego Pablo Simeone who is tied to the club until June 30, 2012. The new coach and his staff will be presented officially to the press at 13:00CET at the club's headquarters press room."
Giampaolo was sacked after the weekend's 1-1 draw with Cheivo.