Delio Rossi made his comeback to the Palermo bench a month after he was fired. “I never expected it. Now we need men more than players.”
The Coach was sacked after a 7-0 home defeat to Udinese, but recalled when Serse Cosmi managed only one win and three losses at the helm.
“In my last Press conference I was convinced my rapport with Palermo had ended. I hadn't been fired in 11 years, but it must be said it's the first time I've been recalled and I really never expected it,” said Rossi.
“My return must not disguise what has happened in these 35 days. I told the squad I need another attitude. Now we need men more than players. I've always said it takes years to build and only one minute to destroy everything.”
President Maurizio Zamparini apologised to fans today and admitted he was wrong to fire Rossi in the first place.
“We said what we had to in private. I repeat, I never expected to be called by Zamparini after Catania's 4-0 win,” continued Rossi.
“I went for a lie down when the result was 3-0 and soon after heard the phone ring, so I figured something was going on. We'll see about the future, but I came back here to finish the work I started.
“There is a problem in Italy that here people are convinced the Coach is a component of the club, not a fundamental aspect of plans.”
The supporters have always stood by Rossi and protested when Zamparini wielded the axe a month ago.
“I have great respect for the fans, as they come to the stadium for the love of their club. I tell them we still have some important objectives and must work hard to achieve them.”
Palermo are in the Coppa Italia semi-final against Milan.