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Tuesday June 28 2011
Rossi: 'Ferguson would fail in Serie A'

Former Palermo Coach Delio Rossi blames Presidents for ruining Italian football. “Sir Alex Ferguson could never succeed in Serie A.”

The tactician had numerous run-ins with Palermo patron Maurizio Zamparini, but was sacked and is currently without a club.

“I took teams to Europe and won the Coppa Italia, reaching another Final this season,” he said of his time at Lazio and Palermo. “My results speak for themselves, but evidently that's not enough. In any case, I had choices and was not intrigued by the proposals.”

Rossi believes Italy should learn some lessons from Manchester United, particularly in terms of patience.

“Sir Alex Ferguson could never succeed in Serie A,” he told the Corriere dello Sport.

“We make decisions based on weekly results. There is all this talk of long-term projects, then three weeks later it has all gone back to front. I'd love to know how Inter can go from Jose Mourinho to Leonardo to Gian Piero Gasperini. They are too different.

“The truth is a Coach in Italy has a different function compared to overseas. Here we know Presidents because they are always in the headlines, whereas many of us don't remember the name of the President at Arsenal or Manchester United.

“I agree with Pep Guardiola, who said a great club makes a great Coach. If at the start of every season 10 or 11 clubs have changed management, it means some decisions weren't thought through.”

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