Sunday May 22 2011
Lecce threaten to 'sack' De Canio

A huge row has exploded at Lecce, as Coach Gigi De Canio's claims the club “has no real plans” infuriated patron Giovanni Semeraro. “We should fire him.”

The tactician announced this week he would be walking away at the end of the season despite ensuring Serie A safety.

In a Press conference De Canio explained why he decided to end his rapport with the Salentini.

“I had warned the club six weeks ago that I would not stay at Lecce. I am not leaving because of my ambition, which is what they would have you believe.

“The truth is that I cannot develop the project I have in mind at Lecce. I still don't have a job lined up for next season and am waiting for a call.

“I am prepared to drop down into Serie B for a club with real plans.”

This infuriated owner Semeraro, who released a statement on the Lecce website ahead of tonight's final game with Lazio.

“The version of events outlined by De Canio is completely different to what he told us. He explained in my office that his resignation was exclusively because he wanted to build on the success he achieved with us to challenge himself elsewhere.

“Considering his comments in the Press conference, he should be sacked, but we are good people, so we won't do that.”

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