Rome: Fiorentina have hired former Italy striker Vincenzo Montella as their new manager, said the Serie A club on Monday. Montella has signed a two-year contract with the Tuscan club with an option for a third year.
"Fiorentina convinced me [to sign] because they want to be great again, to return to the part of the league table where they belong, and I feel the same desire. The club have shown me great respect and this motivates a great feeling of responsibility in me because Florence is a great place," Montella said.
He also said he wanted to bring Fiorentina back to the top of the table after a difficult year in which they were threatened with relegation to Serie B. Last season was marked by frequent fan protests and a plunge in attendances as fans lost faith in the team.
"The club have asked me to recreate enthusiasm for the team, we want to bring ourselves closer to the supporters," he said....more
11:59 AM, Jun 12, 2012