Vincent Candela reveals what went wrong in Roma’s negotiations with Laurent Blanc. “The club interrupted talks.”
Former France manager Blanc had been the hot favourite to take over after Massimiliano Allegri opted to stay at Milan, but just as a deal was set to be announced, the Giallorossi went for Rudi Garcia instead.
“I have known Blanc for 25 years and he would’ve brought me with him, thinking I had something to give,” former Roma star Candela told Radio Manà Manà.
“The club then made its decisions. I know they spoke to Blanc and he really liked Roma, but then they made other choices. I hope Garcia can do well, as after two years they need a turnaround.”
During the talks, director Franco Baldini left Roma, handing the reins to Walter Sabatini – who had always said he preferred Garcia.
“Sabatini also spoke with Blanc and his entourage only 10 days ago, while the original contact was back in October. Then Baldini left and the choice went to Garcia.
“I would’ve had a role between the bench and the field, as Blanc wanted someone he could trust who already knew the players and environment. Blanc would’ve brought his assistant manager, his fitness coach and me.
“Will I work for Roma under Garcia? I said last year I’ve been in football for a long time and consider myself an honest, fair and objective person. If Roma wanted me, I think they’d have called me over the last seven years. They probably didn’t even consider me.”
Candela was asked for his view on new Coach Garcia, who arrives after five years at Lille in which he won a League title and Coupe de France.
“He has character and did well to win trophies after so many years at Lille. Knowing the fans, he will be given a warm welcome. They need to stand by the Coach.”