Saturday November 26 2011
Rossi set for Palermo reunion

Delio Rossi is at the helm of Fiorentina and faces his beloved former club. “I hope the people of Palermo don’t ignore me.”

The Coach was repeatedly fired and re-hired by President Maurizio Zamparini and reached the Coppa Italia Final before walking away in the summer.

“I will always thank Zamparini, because it’s thanks to him I got to know Sicily and the people who gave me so much. I never lied to the Palermo fans, never took them for a ride. I always worked hard and they respected me.

“I also earned many results, including the Coppa Italia Final and 20,000 cheering me on at the Stadio Olimpico. It’s a shame we didn’t win the trophy together.

“Zamparini knows about football, but we interpret the role of a Coach in different ways. There’s nothing wrong with that. I hope to receive a warm welcome. The important thing is the people of Palermo don’t ignore me.”

Rossi has only had two games on the Fiorentina bench, a 0-0 with Milan and the midweek Coppa Italia victory over Empoli.

“I want more of a ‘Fiorentina’ attitude, as this is a very important match. Mentally we are ready and will face Palermo with the right approach. I always want to win.

“The Rosanero are a well-organised side and Devis Mangia a good Coach who is working in the right place. He’ll do well.”

The Viola are without Stevan Jovetic, Mattia Cassani and Per Kroldrup for this match.

“Jovetic is a very important player, but I haven’t had a chance to train him yet. Alessio Cerci has quality and I’ll try to bring the best out of him, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to. Let’s just say the tactics are like a Rubik’s Cube and I’ll keep on trying.”

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