President Maurizio Zamparini has hit back at Palermo fans protesting against his transfer strategy. “In the financial crisis it’s tough to run a football club.”
The Rosanero scraped to mid-table safety after going through three tacticians in one campaign.
“In the financial crisis it’s tough to run a football club,” Zamparini told the Corriere dello Sport.
“Some mistakes were made in recent years, but we are trying to make up for them. The fans need to have patience, though, as it’s impossible to make big investments at the moment.
“I do want to point out that we are a healthy club that balances the books, setting a good example for other teams in Italy.
“I am doing everything possible, reconstructing the Board of Directors and securing a few transfer moves already. Just look at Milan who go searching for free transfers. This is the situation for everyone.”
Zamparini confirms he’d like to follow the example set by Juventus in building a club-owned stadium.
“If in recent years we have lost many home fans, it is also because the Stadio Barbera is not a welcoming arena. The results count up to a certain point.
“Investing to build our own stadium is the right decision. I am confident and we’re discussing it with the local council.”