(CNN) -- Udinese have sacked coach Pasquale Marino and appointed Gianni De Biasi as his replacement, the struggling Serie A club have confirmed.
Marino has been under pressure following his team's poor run of form but was handed a vote of confidence just last week.
However, the Italian club have now decided the winter break was the ideal time to act, giving the new coach until January 6 before his first official game in charge.
A club statement read: "Udinese announce they have relieved manager Pasquale Marino from his duties as first-team coach.
"The club give their best thanks to Mr Marino for the work carried out in these two-and-a-half years together.
"Udinese also announce they have entrusted the role of first-team coach to manager Gianni De Biasi."
Marino took charge of Udinese in the summer of 2007 and took them back into Europe in his first year in charge.
He led the Friulian outfit to seventh place last season but has paid the price for a disappointing first half of the campaign. Udinese lie 14th in the standings, five points above the drop zone.
Speculation had been rife that Marino would not last until the new year after a public disagreement with club owner Giampaolo Pozzo on Saturday.
De Biasi has been out of a job since being sacked by Torino last December after just five months in charge.
Reports suggest the 53-year-old has been handed a contract until the end of the season, with the club then having the option to extend that by a further year.