Sunday, 27 May 2007

Mazzarri's Amaranto miracle

Walter Mazzarri knows that to keep Reggina up despite an 11-point penalty was "extraordinary," but is hesitating over his future.

The Amaranto were tipped for relegation after they were caught up in the second wave of the Calciopoli scandal, but today’s 2-0 win over Milan avoided the drop.

"We have achieved something extraordinary and are very happy," said the coach. "From Monday morning I will appreciate it all the more, as at the moment I haven’t quite been able to take it all in."

Had they not been penalised, Reggina would have ended the season on 51 points – just three behind Empoli’s UEFA Cup place.

"We had a few problems over the course of the season, but started out pretty well. In fact, people talked about us as the revelation because they didn’t expect us to continue that form in the second half of the campaign."

Mazzarri has repeatedly hinted this is his final term at the Stadio Granillo and he has been heavily linked to the job at Sampdoria.

"I want to enjoy this success. Let me wake up from this dream, relax and then I will make some decisions."

Source: C4 Football Italia

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