Cesena President Igor Campedelli has revealed that the relegation strugglers passed up the chance to sign Michael Bradley in favour of Antonio Candreva.
American Bradley joined Chievo in the summer and has become a notable performer in the middle of the park for the Mussi Volanti, whilst Candreva departed the Cavallucci Marini as early as January.
Speaking to romagnanoi.it, club President Campedelli reflected that former Coach Marco Giampaolo shaped the club’s summer transfer policy.
“With him, we followed the same policy that we adopted with [Pierpaolo] Bisoli and [Massimo Ficcadenti. The problem was something else though - we definitely made choices that we could have avouded.
“For example, I would have taken on a more solid midfielder. But, the Coach had a clear idea in his head of the type of football proposed for Cesena to play.
“For instance, instead of Candreva, I wanted to take Bradley, but that decision would have ‘upset’ our initial ‘belief’ on a ‘different’ playing style.
“That’s why we focused on midfielders of a higher technical quality. You know better than me - the [current] midfield does not lead anywhere.”
Campedelli is on to his third Coach of the campaign as attempts to reverse the team’s desperate form have continued.
“With [Daniele Arrigoni], things were just beginning to go the right way. Daniele, you all know, is a huge fan of Cesena.
“Well, this factor, this being too ‘inside’ the club, saw it become an intolerable burden for him when things started to go wrong.”
Arrigoni was replaced by Mario Beretta, but the club’s fate looks increasingly desperate after defeat last weekend at home to Siena. The Emilia-Romagna outfit are currently propping up the table, 14 points adrift of safety.
“The championship is not finished yet and it is now imperative that we collect as many points as possible. We need to close with dignity.
“Because if you close with dignity then the experience is easier to share.
“A football team is like a company - it is clear that a relegation will be economically damaging and cause heartache on a moral level.
“But I assure you that I’m not scared. The desire to recover through work is there.”
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