Empoli Coach Paolo Zanetti: “Not All That Glitters is Gold for a Manager”

Despite not enjoying the best of starts at Empoli, the club where he spent his formative years as a player, manager Paolo Zanetti is eager to keep pushing the Gli Azzurri in a bid for a top ten finish.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sport (via Tuttomercatoweb), the former Venezia manager spoke about his passion for the beautiful game and his perspective from the bench as a tactician.

 “I have to see how the opponents move, this is done with experience. Football seen from the bench is not what you see on television or from the stands,” he said.

When asked if he enjoys being a manger, having recently closed his playing career, Zanetti revealed no doubts given his passion for football.

“Only when I win, I think it’s normal, even if I have an infinite passion for this job, it’s my fuel, when I get up in the morning I can’t wait to go on the pitch, see my ideas, put my head into them. Otherwise, this job here, where not all that glitters is gold. Passion is driving, I hope to stay in this world forever.”

Zanetti strongly believes he has a long way to go as a manager.

“I’m in Serie A, I’m young, I have a long way to go. But if I’m here, I don’t set myself limits, but the important thing is always the next game. The only expectation is the one I can achieve.”

He has been in charge of 16 games for Empoli so far. Although Zanetti has experienced a sub=par start to his Gli Azzurri career, he will look to bounce back when they meet Udinese next when the season resumes.

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