Eugenio Corini explains why he returned to Brescia a month after his dismissal. “Getting fired is painful, but I have a sense of responsibility towards the team.”
The coach was fired just under a month ago, but recalled after replacement Fabio Grosso lost all three games without scoring a single goal.
“It is a very emotional and gratifying day for me,” said Corini at his press conference.
“I wanted to thank all the Brescia fans, as their warmth created even more of a sense of responsibility within me towards a team that I feel is mine, even if recent results hadn’t gone our way.
“I am certain we’ll face all difficulties together. It wasn’t possible at that time to create a sense of consistency, but this return may well have helped resolve the issues that caused my dismissal.
“I’m sure the team will respond well, because we fought hard to earn our place in Serie A. We need to rediscover that courage and hunger, find ourselves again.”
President Massimo Cellino axed Corini and said he’d never have hired him in the first place if he’d known the coach was from Brescia, so how did the reunion conversation go?
“I was contacted on Sunday by the director of sport and I told him I’d have to speak to the President first, because there were some misunderstandings between us. We just weren’t in sync at the time, there were moments where we were talking regularly and others where we were quite far apart.
“I am accustomed to clearing the air and I prefer a direct confrontation if we can understand each other better at the end of it. When the President said this was a new beginning, I felt we can do it and stay in Serie A. I got to know the President better and he did the same with me. We can only achieve this together.
“I did wonder about how I’d react if recalled by the club. Getting fired is always painful and thinking of someone else on the bench felt bad.
“This constant feeling of being at a crossroads, in or out, is damaging to Brescia. If I returned, it is for a sense of responsibility I have towards the team. I am ready for this battle.”
Grosso was never really accepted by the fans, who were fond of Corini after he helped them win the Serie B title last season, and lost all three matches in charge.
“I salute Fabio, as he was also my teammate. I didn’t watch the Brescia games live, as I found it too painful, but would catch up afterwards. I saw things that I will evaluate,” added Corini.
“We don’t know what will happen, but the important thing is to always believe in ourselves and show courage. If you don’t take risks, you lose the momentum and spirit that took you into Serie A in the first place.”
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