Zamparini: Feel like a widower!

Maurizio Zamparini admits ‘I feel like a widower’ after selling Palermo but insists ‘I still feel young and could come back’ at a different club.

Zamparini finally ceased to be Palermo’s owner last month after he sold the club to an English consortium, and the 77-year-old confessed to having mixed feelings about the deal.

“I feel like a widower,” he told reporters.

Maurizio Zamparini admits ‘I feel like a widower’ after selling Palermo but insists ‘I still feel young and could come back’ at a different club.

Zamparini finally ceased to be Palermo’s owner last month after he sold the club to an English consortium, and the 77-year-old confessed to having mixed feelings about the deal.

“I feel like a widower,” he told reporters.

“I was married to Palermo so many years, so you wouldn’t be able to understand how I feel.

“I’ve left the club in safe hands, to people who have allowed me to give one last gift to the city.

“I thank Clive Richardson, who is part of the group buying the club, and he is the head of a big English group.

“English football is the best in the world because it’s become better than ours. It’s more organized.

“I didn’t have many serious options. I was looking for buyers because I’m 77, I’m tired and even the club’s got tired of me.

“It’s said that a man gets tired of his wife after seven years, so probably they were tired with me too.

“Palermo aren’t just a fascinating club. They’re also a club who can go global because they have 5-10m fans abroad.

“I didn’t go to the stadium before and I won’t go there now because I can’t handle the emotional aspect of games.

“Is this the end of my career in football? No. If I get tired of being out of football then I could come back. I still feel young.”

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