Luca Gotti, born in 1957, is an Italian coach who is currently head coach of Serie A side Udinese. Prior to his appointment as Udinese’s head coach in November 2019 Gotti has primarily worked as an assistant manager at a number of clubs. He worked as assistant to Roberto Donadoni at Bologna, Cagliari and Parma and served as Maurizio Sarri’s technical assistant during the 2018-19 season, helping Chelsea win the 2019 Europa League. Gotti is a coach who through his coaching helps improve the collective of players at his disposal, increasing the overall performance of the individual and consequently the entire team.
The 53-year-old does not favour a preferred game system and is able to adapt to the characteristics of the players available. He is an excellent communicator and his man management skills allow him to instill a sense of belonging in the players and his coaching staff which creates a healthy leadership in the group. After taking over Udinese two months into the 2019/20 season with the side struggling badly in Serie A, Gotti was able to help rebuild confidence of the players and technical staff. Gotti guided Udinese away from the relegation zone, finishing in 13th spot, 10 points of the drop zone, including notable victories over big guns Juventus and AS Roma. Kevin Lasagna was one of several players to thrive under Gotti’s management, scoring nine times last season following his appointment as head coach.
Maurizio Sarri is a big admirer of Gotti, saying of his fellow Italian: “Luca is extraordinarily intelligent. I was lucky to work with (Gianfranco) Zola and him at Chelsea. Without them, Chelsea’s season would probably have been worse.”