Former Parma President Tommaso Ghirardi incredibly insisted he “did a good job” leading the club that went bankrupt.
It was during his watch that the serious financial problems developed, while those who followed were unable to resolve the mountain of debt.
Ghirardi spoke to Pmi Magazine and broke his silence on the Stadio Tardini nightmare.
“I feel able to say that I did a good job. I took the club from bankruptcy under the Tanzi family to very important seasons, even qualifying for the Europa League.”
Parma had technically done enough to qualify for the 2014-15 season, but were thrown out after failing to get a UEFA licence due to financial irregularities.
It was after that incident that Ghirardi pledged not to put one more cent into the Ducali.
“I put the club up for sale in May 2014, starting negotiations with several different investors, one of which decided to buy the team between November and December 2014.
“I thought and was convinced that I had left the club in good hands, considering the popularity and financial strength of Rezart Taci.
“Unfortunately, I was taken for a ride like all the Parma fans.”
Taci sold Parma less than two months later, insisting he had been misled about the extent of the debt and how quickly he had to pay it off in order to avoid massive sanctions.
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