Sunday September 4 2011
Mangia: 'I'm not Palermo's caretaker'

New Palermo Coach Devis Mangia was promoted from the youth team and debuts against Inter, but “I don't feel like a caretaker.”

The Sicilians sacked Stefano Pioli this week, just days before the Serie A season begins, but Delio Rossi and Claudio Ranieri turned down the job. Youth team Coach Mangia was therefore pushed on to the main bench.

“I certainly don't feel like a caretaker manager, as otherwise I'd be working with the wrong spirit,” said the 37-year-old.

“I feel the respect of the club, the President and directors. I was in the right place at the right time when these circumstances aligned.”

Mangia has a big test for his first game, as Inter come to the Stadio Barbera next weekend.

“We are working on the 4-4-2 system, but there are still many players away on international duty. Before making definitive choices, I want to get a real grip on their characteristics.

“I was given a warm welcome by everyone, both the younger players and the ‘senators.' Am I afraid? I have the best job in the world, so why should I be afraid?”

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