VANOLI MADE FIRST MANAGER OF THE NEW PARMA
11 July 2015
Vanoli previously managed the Italian under 19 team before leaving to focus on his new job at Parma.
- Manager was part of the 1999 UEFA Cup winning team
- Is excited at the opportunity of leading Parma forward in a new era
- Vanoli is targeting promotion from Serie D at the earliest opportunity
SSD Parma Calcio 1913 have today made Paolo Vanoli the first manager in the new era of the club’s history.
After Roberto Donadoni’s decision not to stay with the club after their demotion to the fourth tier of Italian football, the former fan favourite, who starred in the Parma team that won the 1999 UEFA Cup Final against Olympique de Marseille, apparently grabbed the chance to become the manager at his former club and lead the team forward in its new era.
Having spent time during his career at Hellas Verona, Parma, Fiorentina and Bologna, as well as a brief spell at Rangers, the manager was somewhat of a journeyman during his time as a player although he stated that he would stay with Parma as long as he possibly could, and admitted that he dreamt of taking them back into the top flight of Italian football if he could. ”This is a marvellous opportunity for me to test myself as a manager at this magnificent club. I had a great time here as a player, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and if I can help return this club to even half of that level of success I’ll consider it a job well done.”
The new manager also took time to answer questions on who he be selecting as his captain. "For me Alessandro Lucarelli has done a great job and will stay captain for as long as he wants to because he is an iconic figure in this team and his decision to stick with the club through its issues and that is truly commendable."
With Parma’s levels of debts since cleared by the rebranding of the club, Vanoli stated that he was looking forward to only having to work under the pressures of making sure that Parma returned to “glory” as soon as possible. ”Look, mistakes were made before, that much is clear to see but as for any other levels of detail that is for me to say. All I will say is that it is nice now, for me as the manager, not to have to work under the extreme levels of pressure and uncertainty that come with a club in that level of financial mess. I am ready to tackle the normal pressures of taking this team back up the leagues of course, but hopefully we can do it in a sustainable way and make sure that this “new” team is an excellent representative of Italian football. There is only one way from here and that is up!”