Lippi vows to stay on
23 May 2006 - 11:25:48
Italy coach Marcello Lippi says he has no intention of resigning in the wake of the match-fixing scandal that is currently sweeping through Italian football.
The former Juventus coach has spoken to investigators after allegations that he was pressured into selecting certain players for the national squad.
The Italian media have called for Lippi to resign, but he insists: "A person resigns when he has a dirty conscience or when he's annoyed, even if he has a clean conscience because he feels mistrust around him.
"Here, I feel everyone's faith and I know the job I did has been appreciated.
"The phone calls I got from different clubs' officials haven't been pressures, but only the symptom of a serious, and with a big collaboration, feeling with the same clubs.
"From today we start working and thinking of the technical things. I start preparing a team in which I have a big faith to do good things.
"We have no signals to send. We will send the only message from the pitch. This team will do big performances. Then where we will finish, I don't know. The group is serene."