Tuesday September 3 2019
Commisso: Montella exit 'fake news'

Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso has branded talk that he could sack Coach Vincenzo Montella ‘fake news’.

Reports emerged yesterday that Fiorentina were considering replacing Montella with Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso in light of their losing start to the season.

However, Commisso said at a Press conference: “I heard the news of Montella’s farewell and I have to deny it, it’s fake news and he’s staying with us.

“I’ve already said we’re at the start and that we need time. We’ve already made progress, but we can’t do everything in one day.

“I’m happy with the effort made by those who work here in Florence. I know how to take risks, but I’m aiming to improve things.”

The Viola burst into life towards the end of the transfer window, making seven signings following Kevin-Prince Boateng’s arrival on July 31.

“We did 45 deals. I hope the work done by [advisor Joe] Barone and [Daniele] Prade bears good fruit and that the team go from strength to strength with Montella.

“On the first day of my arrival, I said there would be no new Baggio saga and it was the first promise I kept.”

Finally, the Italo-American tycoon discussed plans for a new stadium.

“I’d like to build a new stadium, but it seems easier to renovate the Franchi.

“Certainly, we want to do something that makes the Fiorentina fans proud. Addressing landmarks isn’t easy in Italy.

“They can’t just be torn down, as was the case for Wembley Stadium and others. There are various options on the table and we’ll assess them soon.

“I know people would like a new stadium but, like I said, there are various problems.”

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