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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.

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Saturday May 21 2011
Lecce 'understand' De Canio exit

Lecce President Pierandrea Semeraro says he is “disappointed, but understands” why Coach Gigi De Canio quit the club.

De Canio had taken the Salentini to an unexpected new season in Serie A with a week to spare, but announced he will be leaving after the final game against Lazio on Sunday.

“I find the clamour that has followed this decision to be excessive,” wrote President Semeraro on the official Lecce website.

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Thursday May 19 2011
Where next for De Canio?

Siena, Catania and West Ham United are all being linked with departing Lecce boss Luigi De Canio.

The tactician is expected to walk away from the Stadio Via Del Mare outfit once the campaign ends.

Although he had previously intimated that he would continue working with the Giallorossi after keeping them in Serie A, he reportedly now wants to leave.

Siena have immediately been linked with his services as the newly promoted Serie A club are set to lose Antonio Conte to Juventus.

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Thursday May 19 2011
De Canio confirms Lecce exit

Gigi De Canio has confirmed that he will walk away from Lecce following Sunday's Week 38 clash against Lazio.

Rumours started to circulate last night that a split was on the cards despite Lecce surviving the drop this season.

De Canio, 53, said that the decision to part company was a mutual one.

The now available tactician has already been linked with jobs at Siena, Catania and West Ham.

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Wednesday May 18 2011
De Canio to leave Lecce?

There are reports that Gigi De Canio will leave Lecce despite taking them to Serie A safety.

The Coach was almost fired in January, but turned the situation around to ensure they avoided relegation with a week to spare.

According to Datasport, De Canio has told directors and his close staff that he will walk away from the club after Sunday's final game of the season against Lazio.

He has another two years left on his contract at the Stadio Via del Mare, but would like to try a new experience.

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Monday May 16 2011
De Canio staying at Lecce

Luigi De Canio says he expects to stay with Lecce after keeping the club in the Italian top flight.

The Salentini made sure of Serie A survival yesterday thanks to a 2-0 win away at rivals Bari.

"I still have two years left on my contract and we should continue together," noted the former Udinese boss.

De Canio has had a campaign to remember after having his resignation request rejected by the club in late 2010.

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Sunday May 15 2011
De Canio: 'Derby is unpredictable'

Gigi De Canio leads Lecce into an amazing match that is both a local derby and a relegation crossroads. “It's never like the other games anyway.”

The Salentini clambered out of the bottom three last week with a last-gasp win over Napoli and must now beat already-relegated Bari to stay in front of Sampdoria.

“A derby is never like the other games anyway, as it escapes all predictions and odds,” warned the Coach.

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Sunday May 15 2011
De Canio: 'Perfect day for Lecce'

Gigi De Canio is overjoyed at Lecce escaping the relegation threat. “We could not have asked for a better end to the season.”

The result was sealed this afternoon thanks to their 2-0 win away to local rivals Bari and Sampdoria's 2-1 home defeat against Palermo.

“We could not have asked for a better end to the season and I think it's important to note we secured our Serie A safety by playing good football,” said the Coach who was nearly axed in January.

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Sunday May 8 2011
De Canio: 'Napoli best in Italy'

Gigi De Canio believes Napoli are “the best side in Italy on the counter,” but Lecce are incredibly motivated.

The Salentini are in the relegation zone and need points to escape the drop when they host the Partenopei this afternoon.

“I certainly don't expect Napoli to be unmotivated, as they are determined and eager to capture second place,” said the Coach.

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Sunday May 8 2011
De Canio: 'Forza Genoa!'

Lecce have climbed out of the relegation zone, but it all depends on the derby tonight. “I'm cheering on Genoa,” said Gigi De Canio.

The last-gasp 2-1 win over Napoli allowed the Salentini to leapfrog Sampdoria, who are in action at 19.45 UK time.

“I will watch tonight's game and I'm cheering on Genoa,” smiled the Coach.

“Our safety has to be linked in with Samp's results. If by the end of this weekend we are still on top of Sampdoria, then our fate is in our hands.

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