The under-fire Palermo coach admitted his side lost to the better team on the night in the Coppa Italia final, but insists his future at the club is yet to be decided
Palermo coach Delio Rossi has remained defiant that he can keep his job with the club, despite claims that he has already managed his last game in Sicily in the Coppa Italia final defeat to Inter.
The popular tactician was visibly upset after the match had ended, shedding a tear and hugging each one of his players.
"I must speak with the management and see what is right for me, the fans and Palermo. Today we should just talk about this final, and on Tuesday this week I will talk to Zamparini," he told reporters after the game.
His side finished runners-up in this season's Coppa Italia, after a 3-1 defeat to Inter in the final, and the ex-Lazio coach accepted that the best team lifted the trophy.
"There is no explanation, we lost to a team more prepared [than us]," said Rossi. "We had some problems at the beginning and during the match there was evidence of this and I'm sorry."
"The fans deserve this and more. They have always supported us, especially during the toughest times. This team is young and inexperienced, but playing football."
Rossi then changed tact, expressing his unhappiness with referee Paolo Tagliavento, who he thought did not add on enough injury time, despite there being plenty of stoppages.
"With Tagliavento, [I feel] there has been a controversy on recovering lost time, because there were a lot of stops during the game during the match and he failed to add this on."
Palermo finished the 2010-11 Serie A league season in eighth place but will still play in the Europa League third qualifying round by finishing runners-up in the Coppa Italia.