Monday August 19 2013
Genoa back new Coach Liverani

Genoa chief Enrico Preziosi says he will give rookie boss Fabio Liverani time after they were dumped out of the Coppa Italia.

The Grifone lost to Spezia on penalties over the weekend in what was the 37-year-old’s professional coaching debut.

“I saw mistakes and problems that need to be resolved, but that is normal for August,” Preziosi told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “I also saw some good things out there.

“Liverani just needs some time and the final reinforcements to sort out the team – and he will have both of those.

“Do I have any doubts about Liverani? I will no longer tolerate that question. Liverani will remain here.

“He’s a good Coach, one who I do not consider to be young.

“Doubting him would be like doubting me. Nobody offered or told me to get Liverani, I chose him because you only have to talk to him for a few minutes to understand that he knows everything about football.”

Preziosi has hired Davide Ballardini, Alberto Malesani, Pasquale Marino, Gigi De Canio and Gigi Del Neri since sacking Gian Piero Gasperini in 2010.

Liverani, a former playmaker for the likes of Lazio, Fiorentina and Perugia, joined the Genoa youth ranks in 2011.

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