Monday May 14 2012
De Canio eyes Genoa project

A day after confirming Genoa’s avoidance of relegation, Gigi De Canio has stated his desire to stay with the club to build a project.

The Grifone have endured a dreadful second half to the campaign and called De Canio in as their fourth managerial appointment of the season in a late, last ditch attempt to secure League survival.

Having now achieved that with two wins from his four games in charge, De Canio is already looking to an extended future with the Marassi outfit.

“I hope to build a project and I can do that with [President Enrico] Preziosi,” the Coach told La Repubblica on Monday.

“My destiny is strange as for so many years I have had good seasons at clubs and now I’m having to start by assisting someone.

“The conditions are there, also because Genoa has various players returning from loan that will add depth to the team. They also have many young people. I hope to participate in the project, but I’m not one to cling to contracts.”

De Canio also took time to reflect on the 2011-12 season, which threatened to see the side drop into Serie B.

“It’s been very difficult. Games were taking place on Wednesday and Sunday and there was little time to prepare the team technically. I prepared them psychologically and developed their character.

“This team has conceded so many goals, especially from dead-ball situations and it highlighted their fear.”

The Coach also hit back at critics who suggested he wasn’t the right man to motivate the team to survive.

“When I arrived there was a point between Genoa and Lecce and now there are six. I’m happy, but I would like a little more respect.

“For 15 years I have trained in Serie A and B and never missed a season, yet often I am at the stake. This is while the benches are constantly changing and if one does alright for part of a season then come the headlines in the papers.

“The situation was desperate, I agreed because of the relationship I have with Preziosi.

“But, despite the defeats at Bologna and Milan, I always saw a reaction in the team, a desire to rebuild.”

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