Monday May 12 2014
De Canio: Not my fault

Fomer Catania Coach Luigi De Canio says he is not to blame for the club’s relegation from Serie A.

The Elefanti were 2-1 winners at Bologna yesterday but victories for Chievo and Sassuolo meant that they were consigned to the drop anyway, along with their hosts.

The tactician took over at the Sicilian side last October but was unable to turn around their fortunes before being sacked in January.

“I don’t need to say anything in particular,” De Canio said to when asked to comment on Catania’s demise.

“All I would say is that this relegation shows a lot of people that it is not me who is responsible.

“I arrived to find a team in difficulty and with a lot of injuries. I worked hard to revive them.

“Bergessio, Almiron, Monzon, Bellusci, we always had eight or nine players out. We were trying to revive the team’s condition and mentality.

“Then, it was decided that I would be sacked and I don’t like the idea that went around that it was my fault.

“The things that have happened since I left show what the truth is. Advice? I don’t feel like giving any, that’s not my job!”