“In recent years, too many have talked about Calcio Catania. The only one who instead could and should have said something, preferred to remain silent. Now, I can only hope that the new Ross Pelligra property has economic strength, the competence, the sacred fury and the desire to do to bring Catania to the highest levels. This is my sincere wish for sporting Catania. ” This was stated by Pietro Lo Monaco in an interview with AdnKronos. The football manager with a ‘long’ past in Calcio Catania adds, reiterates and hopes that “the new Sicilian-Australian property can have clear ideas to carry out their projects in the best possible way, go straight on their way with the ‘objective regardless of the chatter, the discussions, how many will get on the bandwagon, the’ all judges’ and ready to make themselves beautiful … “. Lo Monaco then, recalling the last years quite difficult for the football fate at the foot of Etna, complete with failure, highlights how “in the last two or three years we have witnessed a pantomime. When the Sigi group took over Catania with complacency of who knows what political order, since it was taken over with one million and three hundred thousand euros despite the debts that existed, they were defined as heroes by politicians, by fans, by an entire city that hailed them when it ended as everyone knows “. “On the subject of debts – observes Pietro Lo Monaco – there are those who spoke of 50, who of 60, who of 80 million euros. they had and gave solutions “. “Catania – Lo Monaco specifies to AdnKronos – had a very considerable debt situation. When I left for the first time, Catania was one of the most prominent clubs in Italy from an economic point of view, from that of player and non-player assets. he had only one euro in debt. I left seven and a half million on Catania’s current account. ” “I returned after four years – says the sports manager – with Catania in Serie C and with a debt of around 47-48 million euros. And in the debt there was a 24 million loan that I myself, once I returned. proceeded to defer to thirty years, a sort, therefore of ‘debt-non-debt’. There was a debt with the tax authorities – he remembers – also the one with the possibility of deferring, and the one with the suppliers “. “In those three years of stay – Lo Monaco is keen to reiterate – I took off a lot of debts, keeping the team always at the top of the standings, touching the B for two consecutive years, no one advanced a salary and Catania was alive” . “Then – Lo Monaco points out – the heroes (of Sigi) arrived and Catania literally went bankrupt. Calcio Catania Servizi failed only to not pay nineteen employees who kept the Torre del Grifo facility going. it had four thousand members with a turnover of three and a half million euros per year “. “No one in reality – Lo Monaco continues at AdnKronos – asked who the failure was. Failures have many masters but unfortunately only one has admitted his faults, Nino Pulvirenti. The rest? All acquitted and none who c ‘ he went in. Nobody passed his hand over his conscience. ” “In Catania – says Lo Monaco bitterly – they made all the phenomena. But on February 2 2007 I created it? And the problems that arrived after the death of Inspector Raciti? Catania is ‘cannibalized’. Everyone writes, sites, sitarelli. All peddling alleged truths “. “I dare not imagine a person, in a group who invests money starting from Serie D playing in San Luca, in Paternò rather than in Giarre – finally affirms Pietro Lo Monaco – how he should go under the grill of the various solons who, punctually, at first ‘reverses’ will bring out all the ‘stories’, various and presumed ‘stories’ “. “The history of Catania – concludes Lo Monaco – is certainly not the one that has been spreading for some years now. The history of Catania is something else …”. (by Francesco Bianco)
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