Delio Rossi is delighted to be named new coach of Fiorentina.
“What’s wrong with Fiorentina? If I knew what was wrong, I’d be a Saint... Give me time to work with them and find out,” he told journalists.
“My first thoughts go to the Viola directors, who I thank for giving me the opportunity to train such an important squad. I like intriguing challenges and this is certainly one of them. My second thoughts are for Mihajlovic. I know that aside from being sacked, it is annoying to know you didn’t get a chance to finish your work. He will get back on his feet soon enough.”
“I was not out of work due to lack of choices, but I know myself and I need that something intuitive to spark before I accept a challenge. When Pantaleo Corvino called me yesterday afternoon, I immediately said I was ready.
“I know there are many expectations and hope to be up to the task. I am a Coach, I cannot make promises other than to give all of myself to take these colours as high as possible. I accept this challenge with great enthusiasm.
“My job is to give this team a soul, which leads to good football. If I don’t achieve that, then there’s no point declaring where I’d like to go with Fiorentina. Objectives must not be declared, but achieved.”