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Walter Zenga press conference: "I'll give everything for Wolves"

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[gallery] Walter Zenga has revealed his pride after being appointed the new Wolves boss - and pledged to work "100 percent" to get the club back into the Premier League.

The Italian faced the media at Molineux this afternoon alongside Chief Executive Jez Moxey and Fosun's Jeff Shi.

The 53-year-old has signed a one-year contract with a one-year option.

Asked why he decided to come to Wolves, Zenga said: "Why not? Wolves are one of the biggest teams for us in Italy. The football is passionate.

"This club all the time is in our mind. Even though the club play only one time against an Italian club. It is a very, very important club.

"I have had a lot of messages from my friends and discovered they are Wolves fans. I am proud for me to be here. This is an amazing club. I will give my best to give this heart to this club."

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Jez Moxey told the press conference that, subject to contracts, Italian Steffano Cusin will be brought in to work alongside Zenga.

He also revealed Andrea Butti will be brought into the new role of team operations manager to work under Kevin Thelwell, again subject to contract.

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Zenga, asked to sum up his coaching style, replied: "The ball is never out and the game is never finished."

Asked if he could return the club to the Premier League, he said: "I wish, but I cannot promise. I cannot say we will go. I can promise that we are going to work hard.

"We are going to do all the effort they we can to try and win and to bring the fans again in the right position. We will work, running, study, everything.

"We are going to try 100 percent. This is what I promise."

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Zenga praised Wolves first-team coach Rob Edwards.

He added: "I can say that after the first training, I made the right choice.

"I read the interview with Rob about the game. He was talking with his heart in front of the coach that is left.

"I congratulate him for that and I hope that one day he will talk like that about me.

"It is important to play with passions and in a professional way. I am sure if you can bring fans with us we can make good things."

Zenga's appointment was announced, completely out of the blue, early on Saturday morning.

Wolves are the much-travelled Zenga's 16th club in 18 years as a manager after spells in Italy, Romania, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates.

His limited managerial successes include winning league titles with Red Star Belgrade and Steaua Bucharest and leading minnows Catania to Serie A safety in Italy for two seasons in a row.

In his playing days, Zenga was nicknamed the Spider-Man for his incredible athletic ability between the sticks.

Speaking before the pre-season defeat to Swansea, many fans felt the club was heading into the unknown following the Italian's appointment.

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