Tuesday December 6 2011
Cosmi ‘proud’ to lead Lecce

Serse Cosmi has admitted of his pride in being handed the reins at Lecce, after taking over from Eusebio Di Francesco at the weekend.

Di Francesco was relieved of his duties after Lecce’s ninth defeat of the season - a 4-2 loss at Napoli - left the team rooted to the bottom of the League and six points adrift of safety. Cosmi arrives on a contract agreement to the end of the season.

“I have come not to make history but to be a part of Lecce and I am proud,” declared the baseball cap-wearing Coach when presented to the media. “It is only the starting point from which a lot more will come.”

The Coach reportedly has had a long-standing desire to take charge of the Giallorossi. From declaring so back in October 2007 when a visiting Coach with Brescia, Cosmi admitted this week that he has spent a long part of his time out of the game watching the Salentini.

“I have seen Lecce many times, it is the positive aspect of unemployment.

“The players have adapted to the context of Serie A but, as I have said to those directly affected, I have also noticed that in the field the team does not have the drive to face their opponents.

“Today it is the first thing on which we will work together on, an awareness of playing a certain type of football.”

Predecessors Di Francesco and Gigi De Canio both notably used almost half a dozen different formations during their respective work with the Salentini. Cosmi, however, indicated that he will look to avoid confusing the players.

“Often between one formation and another the differences are minimal. The Lecce players are poorly characterised, they don’t have a precise identity and this can be good or bad.

“Before Christmas I want the playing system defined in this respect, by the nature of things I will have to try something.

“Of course we must start from the work of those who preceded me, with the knowledge that they must get results.”

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