Monday June 13 2011
Novara only built to survive

Novara boss Attilio Tesser has revealed that the club didn't begin the campaign with dreams of reaching Serie A. "Avoiding relegation was the target."

Novara, from the Piedmont region in northern Italy, booked their place in next term's top flight after defeating Padova 2-0 in Sunday's play-off Final.

"I don't think I slept more than half an hour last night," Tesser told Radio Sportiva on Monday morning.

"Our objective at the start of the campaign was to avoid relegation and survive with a few weeks left to go, instead we were deservedly promoted.

"This is some achievement. The team had real desire and a lot of hunger. I've almost always had good squads, but never as compact as this one. I compliment the players."

Novara have now won two successive promotions, glory which Tesser believes was ignited by their Coppa Italia meeting with Milan last term.

"That event at San Siro was extraordinary," Tesser continued.

"From that moment, the supporters got behind us with great consistency and the side won the Lega Pro with games in hand."

The tactician, who has had brief spells in charge of Cagliari and Ascoli in Serie A, is now planning for the new campaign.

"I'll meet with the club today to discus things, but I think a large part of the squad will remain as it is. It would be normal for one or two players to leave, but we won't change too much."

Novara, who have been in the Italian top flight for just 12 seasons, were last in Serie A during the 1955-56 campaign.