The next Sunday in Messina Udinese needed to reach salvation area and managed to drew: the squad showed how they had recovered after Galeone's return. The team and Galeone's enterprise was complete during the three following matches, three winning matches: 2-0 to Parma at home, 2 -0 in Livorno, 2 - 1 against Lecce. Udinese gained salvation despite the common talking claimed the team had given up.
The bianconeri's lucky series went on as they drew at home to Chievo (1-1) and then in Genoa again, they then managed to beat Cagliari at home (2-0). The very last match day they lost 1-2 to Treviso also due to Muntari's expulsion. Galeone's outcome was however positive, 15 points out of 8 matches, an average that usually belongs to big teams, usually able to win Champions League qualification.
Galeone also trained the Friulians in 2006-07. Full trust was placed in Udinese, whose lineup was first class: Zapata, Felipe, De Sanctis, Pinzi, Obodo, Muntari, Iaquinta, Di Natale. The beginning of the tournment was good, despite having lost the very first match. The following two months saw good scores, also drawing 0-0 to Inter. Then something started to go wrong, the squad lost position after position and after losing 0 - 2 in Palermo, Gianpaolo Pozzosacked Giovanni Galeone whose post was handed over to Alberto Malesani. The former Panathinaikos coach also changed the tactical module: 4-3-3 was abandoned in favour of 3-5-2 scheme, which soon seemed to work. Udinese stood up fiercely beating Messina and Torino, but they soon came back to some bad habits. In April Obodo got seriously injured to his right knee. Together with their top midfielder, the team lost the possibility to compete in European Cups as well. The bianconeri lost to Catania (trained by Marino), Atalanta and Palermo finishing the season up ungloriously.
Pozzo, deeply disappointed decided to place his trust in the notorious Muntari and Iaquinta and hired a new coach, Pasquale Marino, who managed to grant his former team's salvation in Catania. The team was enriched with young talents: Eremenko joined from Siena, Boudiasnki from Juventus, Inler from Zurich, Floro Flores from Arezzo, and Fabio Quagliarella from Sampdoria.