Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Del Neri building for future

New Sampdoria coach Luigi Del Neri has vowed to build a squad for the future despite only signing a one-year deal at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Luigi Del Neri & President Riccardo GarroneDel Neri, who had already announced he was set to leave Atalanta after two solid seasons in charge, was officially unveiled as Samp boss today.

And the 58-year-old is delighted to be returning to Samp, where he spent a season as a player in 1980.

"I am very happy to be here," he said. "I consider this club to be at the forefront of Italian football, they have clearly shown it in the last few years: there is everything to work well.

"We will try to create something significant but it is logical that you can't predict or guarantee anything about the final result.

"It depends on too many variables which have to be looked at one by one."

He added: "As I have done for many years, I will give space to young players, trying to create a mix of experience and youth.

"I want them to play a good football, well organised and imaginative.

"I start from there, and if these foundations are well looked after, then the results can also arrive."

One of Del Neri's first tasks will be to try to secure the future of star striker Antonio Cassano, who has been linked to a host of clubs including champions Inter.

The pair never saw eye to eye during Del Neri's brief spell in charge of Roma five years back, but the coach insists he would love to keep the 26-year-old in his team.

"We have known each other since our time at Roma and I am happy if he stays at Samp," Del Neri said.

"I hope he stays with us because he is a fantastic footballer, he can change the match from one moment to the next, he is the element that has the skill to create and take advantage of tactics.

"His behaviour has improved a lot. We have always calmly greeted each other since the experience at Roma, so I don't think there will be any problem."

Source: Sporting Life

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