Saturday February 12 2011
Ventura: 'I hope my exit can save Bari'

Giampiero Ventura reveals he decided to quit Bari and was not fired. “I hoped it would help the team, the club and the whole city.”

The Coach terminated his contract by mutual consent on Thursday evening, making way for new boss Bortolo Mutti after fans protested at the training ground.

“Bari were not the ones to make the decision,” he told Radio Sportiva.

“I made the choice and I did it because I hoped it would help the team, the club and the whole city.

“President Vincenzo Matarrese reiterated his desire to keep me at Bari, but I think I made the right decision.”

Bari are propping up the Serie A table with just 14 points, having won three games and scored 14 goals.

“We started off so well by beating Juventus in the opening round and playing well at Napoli, then in the space of a month we lost eight players to injury.

“Bari are not Juventus, a club that signs Luca Toni when they lose Fabio Quagliarella, then Alessandro Matri when they lose Toni.

“Maybe we also got our approach wrong, as we needed to be more relaxed. I hope that can come with my departure.

“I can only tell my successor Mutti that this side is much stronger than the table would suggest.”

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