Rolando Maran has indicated that he turned down approaches from other Serie A sides to stick with Catania.
The Coach caught the eye last season with his work in Sicily and was rumoured at one stage of the summer to be the subject of interest from Genoa and from Napoli.
When asked directly if it was hard to resist approaches from both these sides, the 49-year-old didn’t deny that contact was made.
“When I start a job I generally try to finish it,” determined Maran in conversation with the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“For my part there was a desire to stay with a club where I have been happy and I have worked well, convinced of what I can still do.
“Following up last season? We put behind us an amazing year, knowing now that we have to reset everything. We cannot think of resting on our laurels, we must be willing to achieve the same results with the same sacrifices.
“The players must rediscover their form, their motivation and reconfirm everything, knowing that it will be complicated.
“We must not forget that the first goal in Serie A for almost everyone is preservation in the category, without then losing sight of improving, but that does not necessarily mean with more points.
“Our goal must be to improve the performance and the mentality, which we have spoken about so much last year.”
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