Friday, 1 June 2007

Chievo end Del Neri contract

Luigi Del Neri has parted company with Chievo following their relegation into Serie B, announced the club.

The coach had pledged to stay on "if the club wanted" even after the 2-0 loss to Catania last weekend sent them down.

"We have decided not to continue together," announced director of sport Giovanni Sartori. "We were unable to wash away the doubts that both us and he had."

Del Neri had been the key to Chievo’s status as the Flying Donkeys – a nickname earned when rivals Verona said they would enter Serie A when donkeys flew – by leading them to their first ever top flight campaign in 2001-02.

He moved on to unsuccessful spells at Porto, Roma and Palermo before returning to the Stadio Bentegodi mid-season to replace Bepi Pillon.

Straight after their relegation, Del Neri had offered to remain at the helm in Serie B, but that is no longer an option.

"It has all happened so quickly," added Sartori. "Give us a few days and then we will resolve the issue of the coach."

[Serie A 2006-07 Managerial Changes]

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