Sunday May 15 2011
Mihajlovic 'will turn jeers to cheers'

Sinisa Mihajlovic welcomes back Sebastien Frey in the lunch-time kick-off and is confident “Fiorentina will turn jeers into applause.”

The Viola supporters have been highly critical of the Coach after failing to qualify for Europe again this season, so protests are possible during today's match with Bologna.

“I am concentrated on this game. Perhaps it doesn't count for much, but I want us to win both here and in the final round with Brescia,” said Mihajlovic.

“My season here has been very difficult, but also exciting. I have to thank the players and the club, who never gave up even when we were propping up the table.

“Everyone makes mistakes, the important thing is to learn from them. If the fans want to jeer me, then they are welcome to do what they like. After all, the worst thing is indifference.

“In my first year playing at Lazio everyone hated me, then after a derby game they started to cheer because they realised first and foremost I am a man who takes responsibility.

“Therefore I am convinced that in Florence the jeers will also turn into applause.”

Artur Boruc has played for most of the season since Frey suffered a devastating knee injury in November, but the former Celtic man looks set to move on.

“If something odd doesn't happen, then Frey will start in goal. I spoke to all three goalkeepers during the year and they all had their space, so there was no problem. As for the future, we have clear ideas on the ‘keepers and everything else.”

It's a particularly special game for the Serb, as Bologna gave him his first senior management job in 2008-09.

“I had more positive than negative experiences at the Dall'Ara and they helped me to grow. I will always thank the Menarini family for giving me that opportunity and I think I left a good memory of myself there.”