New Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi is looking forward to the challenge of turning around the fortunes of the Serie A outfit. Rossi was unveiled by the underachieving Viola outfit today after being confirmed as successor to Sinisa Mihajlovic on Monday.
"As soon as I was called I gave my availability," Rossi said. "I feel this is an opportunity worth experiencing. I hope to live up to the expectations. I have been linked to other clubs in recent months, but most were media speculation."
The former Palermo coach signed a contract until June 2013 and inherits a team that is 13th in the standings, with just three wins from their opening ten games. The Florence-based club decided to dismiss Mihajlovic, who had led Fiorentina to a ninth-place finish last term, after Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Chievo.
"If they have decided on a coaching change during the season it means that something has not gone well," Rossi added. "It's not in my style to make promises, but I know I will give everything to bring this team to the high positions in the standings.
"Before I evaluate the situation, I want to see the players. I start from zero and what I've achieved in the past counts for nothing. I will evaluate all the players on the basis of what I see in training. My aim is to give a soul to this team. I believe in three things: work, work and work.
"I would like to be able to get the team have chemistry with the fans and the fans to have chemistry with the team, but I am not a magician and I can only try to do it."
The 51-year-old had been out of a job since leaving Palermo in June and his first game in charge at Fiorentina will be at home to AC Milan on 19 November.