Wednesday June 6 2012
Cosmi confirms Lecce exit

Serse Cosmi has announced he is leaving Lecce after their relegation. “I’d like to stay, but there is too much confusion around the club right now” amid the betting scandal.

The Coach took over from Eusebio Di Francesco on December 4 and almost succeeded in avoiding the drop into Serie B.

“I already met with President Giovanni Semeraro, but he did not give me any proposal,” Cosmi told Il Corriere del Mezzogiorno newspaper.

“It was a cordial meeting in which I thanked him for giving me the opportunity to train in Serie A again. We didn’t talk about my future or that of the team. I am certainly not disappointed at that, as I didn’t expect him to make me a proposal. If anything, he was honest in not asking for any commitment.”

Lecce are under investigation as part of the betting scandal and could be given a heavy points penalty or even be demoted, while there are also financial considerations.

“I think that in a moment like this for the club, the issue of the Coach is the least of their worries,” continued Cosmi.

“In a situation of extreme uncertainty, there are more urgent and important things to consider. The fans are disoriented and don’t know what will happen to a club that is afflicted by a thousand problems.

“I have such affection for Lecce that I would’ve continued being their Coach even in the amateur leagues. I wanted to come here many years ago and had a wonderful season, seeing the respect and affection of the people.

“However, I must look at the criteria of my profession and all that counts is the project, regardless of the division. Today at Lecce a project or plans of any kind are simply impossible, so I have to look elsewhere.

“I’ll commentate on Euro 2012 for Rai, then wait for the right phone call. To be honest, after training in Serie A I expected to receive a call or an opportunity that so far hasn’t arrived.”

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