Sunday February 5 2012
Donadoni: 'I told you so'

Roberto Donadoni is now the Coach of Parma, but reminds many that he called for a longer Serie A winter break “when I was in charge of Italy.”

The issue has been raised again after a host of games were called off due to snow and ice in the coldest week in Italy for 27 years, among them Parma’s test with Juventus.

“We need to anticipate conditions and make the decision earlier on games that are at risk. My impression is people ‘hope it goes well,’ then realise they have to intervene to fix a situation when it is already a problem.

“When I was in charge of the Italy squad, I already suggested the season should start in mid-August in exchange for a longer winter break. Now I see that theory is back on the table. We’ll see," said the Azzurri boss from 2006 to 2008.

“I don’t fear Tuesday’s postponement will affect our concentration, as this trip to Chievo is very important for us. Plus we’re facing a team fresh from a victory and therefore with high confidence,” said Donadoni.

“We’ve got to resume from the second half against Catania, with that same determination and concentration.”

The Coach also commented on Hernan Crespo’s emotional press conference this week, in which he retired from top football and rescinded his contract with Parma.

“His message was very touching. Everyone here is grateful for all that Hernan gave to Parma, just as Parma gave a great deal to him. I hope he can continue to have fun wherever he decides to play.”

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