With rumours that Massimiliano Allegri is being sounded out by Roma, Alex Mott argues that their next Coach is right under their noses.
“In my opinion Andreazzoli is one of the best three Coaches in Italy. He is alongside Antonio Conte and Delio Rossi as far as I'm concerned. Aurelio studies the game and has his own ideas. He is a balanced Coach, both in the good times and the bad times. He is an extraordinary person.”
Those were the words of former Parma boss Silvio Baldini last week. And it goes to show the esteem the current Roma boss is held in on the peninsula.
Having been given the post in February following Zdenek Zeman’s sacking, the 59-year-old has guided the Giallorossi to victories over Atalanta, Genoa and Juventus, as well as a last night’s draw with Udinese. It’s a run of results that’s seen the capital club up to seventh in Serie A, just six points off of a Champions League place – with many, including the man himself, calling for his permanent arrival.
“If I’m honest, I do think that I deserve to be confirmed in the job,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“But the fact remains that I am an employee of the club who for five years has been asked to perform a certain task. I’ll do whatever the club tell me to do in the future.
“I’m working in a joyful environment, I’m happy and I therefore have no worries about what may happen next.
“I’m ready for anything. If, in June, I have to put myself at the disposal of a new Coach then I will do so without any problems.”
It begs the question though, why would they want to employ anyone else? The former Fiorentina youth Coach has been at Stadio Olimpico since 2005, where he’s been second-in-command to the likes of Luciano Spalletti and Luis Enrique. He knows the club like no one else, enjoys a fruitful relationship with some of the team’s biggest players – unlike his predecessor – and hasn’t been afraid to blood the likes of teenage defender Alessio Romagnoli.
Andreazzoli probably deserves his chance to finally take charge of one of Italy’s biggest clubs, but still rumours persist of Massimiliano Allegri’s potential arrival in the Eternal City. The Milan boss has been hesitant to sign a new deal at San Siro, and Sky Sport Italia revealed earlier this week that directors from the Lupi had been in contact with the 45-year-old Rossoneri man.
It’s endemic of the approach the new board have taken at Roma under President James Pallotta – short-termist with consideration only for the club’s marketing opportunities.
If they really want to do right, the interim Coach shouldn’t be chucked on the scrapheap or shoved into the background – he should be promoted to a permanent position. Stability hasn’t always been the order of the day in Rome. But this grand old club need to change their ways. They have the quality to finish in the top three, and with Andreazzoli at the helm, their potential could be unleashed.