Vincenzo Montella says Fiorentina deserve more respect from supporters
Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella hit out at his team's supporters for a lack of respect after the Viola fell out of the Europa League on Thursday.
A 2-0 defeat to Sevilla at home completed Fiorentina's misery after a 3-0 setback last week in the first leg of the semifinal.
Montella's men were subjected to jeers from the home fans as their best hopes of qualifying for next year's Champions League slipped away.
"We certainly weren't fortunate over the two legs, as Sevilla scored almost 100 percent of their chances and we got 0 percent," Montella told Sport Mediaset.
"I thought Fiorentina tried to play and score right to the final whistle, even though qualification was clearly out of reach, so they deserve more respect than they received.
"Considering the efforts, the results so far all season, I don't think this side deserved jeers. I think my team deserves more respect than they are getting at this moment from the crowd. They do not deserve to be derided by their own fans.
"Perhaps this proved the Fiorentina fans in the stadium tonight do not understand their dimension in the football world. It's a shame."
With three games remaining in Serie A, Fiorentina are in fifth place and clinging to a spot to qualify for next year's Europa League, though Montella could not guarantee he would be stay on for another go-round.
"I have a contract, we'll evaluate everything at the end of the season," he said. "The club may well even decide not to confirm me on the bench, if they are not satisfied. The club has known my thoughts for three months now.
"With the resources at our disposal, I think we achieved slightly more than we were really capable of this season.
"I hope to continue with players and indeed men of this character, plus for Fiorentina to have them in future."