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Monday November 8 2010
Ballardini won't overhaul Genoa

New Genoa boss Davide Ballardini has vowed to continue the good work of predecessor Gian Piero Gasperini.

The former Lazio tactician was confirmed as the new Grifone tactician earlier today following the dismissal of the 3-4-3 disciple.

"I don't know how Gasperini works, but when I faced him with Cagliari, Palermo and Lazio, his side always impressed me in terms of their running and organisation," Ballardini noted.

"I knew I was taking on a [Gasperini] side that would cause us trouble.

"Genoa have a precise identity and I'm not revolutionising things. I'll have to respect the characteristics of the players and the identity of the team."

Genoa have started the season poorly after collecting just 11 points from 10 games following a heavy summer of investment.

"The championship is very hard and it is even more balanced this season," the former Cagliari and Palermo Coach added.

"All of the sides have the ability to gain points and I think that a full strength Genoa can be very competitive."

Ballardini also called on the home support to push his new side to greater things in the rest of the season.

"Whenever I came to Genoa I was always struck by the great crowd and I'm sure the fans will help us. It's an environment that includes everyone."

Ballardini, who was in contention to be named as the new Italy Under-21 boss before Ciro Ferrara was appointed, will make his debut at home against Bologna on Wednesday.

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