Thursday March 10 2011
Papa optimistic about Torino

Giuseppe Papadopulo insists that he is optimistic about getting Torino promoted to the top flight.

The veteran tactician was named as a replacement for the sacked Franco Lerda on Wednesday.

Torino currently lie seventh in Serie B with 12 games remaining this season.

"It's tough," Papadopulo said. "I don't want to deceive anyone but I am hopelessly optimistic.

"The objective of Serie A must be reached. Other colleagues in my position would have refused.

"I want to give it a go. I believe in Torino. I hope that the indifference remains far from us because the flattening it brings can be contagious.

"I hadn't heard from Torino nor the President until yesterday evening. It all happened in a hurry."