Wednesday September 28 2011
'Thankfully' Ranieri and Rossi said no

President Maurizio Zamparini says “thank goodness” Delio Rossi and Claudio Ranieri turned down the Palermo job.

The patron sacked Stefano Pioli on September 1 and was rejected by both his former Coach Rossi and new Inter boss Ranieri, so promoted Devis Mangia from the youth team.

“Thank goodness!” he told Telecolor. “It was a huge stroke of luck. As far as Ranieri was concerned, coming to Palermo was a step down. That was almost true of Rossi as well, because he has ambitions of a big club.

“I was about to hire Giuseppe Sannino, so it'll be a tough game against his Siena on Sunday. Both Coaches are good and this is harder than facing Milan.”

Mangia beat Inter 4-3 on his Serie A debut and has so far amassed seven points from four games.

“With Mangia our future is secure for many years,” insisted Zamparini. “As soon as I saw him at work, I knew he was ideal for us.”