Wednesday June 14 2017
EDF right fit for Roma

As a new era begins at Roma, Adam Summerton suggests Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has been dealt a very good hand.

It was one of the worst kept secrets in Italian football, but when Eusebio Di Francesco’s appointment as Roma Coach was finally confirmed, my first thought was ‘what a great opportunity’. He inherits a talented and reasonably well-balanced squad that, under Luciano Spalletti, has just set a club-record Serie A points tally and achieved automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League.

He joins a club with a very ambitious owner who continues to pursue, with great vigour, a new stadium project that could make a huge difference to Roma’s chances of long-term success. I’d also highlight the presence of Monchi as someone many in football would be keen to work with.

Yes, there’s much work to do to close the gap on Juventus, but Roma appear in safe hands and with much to be excited and optimistic about in what will be viewed by many as the ‘post-Totti’ era. It’s also arguable that Il Capitano’s recent departure provides an opportunity in itself. A truly magnificent footballer who has deserved all the plaudits he’s received, but as his on-pitch significance decreased significantly over the last few seasons due to age, the diplomatic challenges brought by his presence only seemed to increase.

A player so revered and iconic - managing the winding down of his career must’ve been very difficult for all concerned – and there’s no doubt at all in my mind that it was a continual distraction and frustration for Spalletti, in particular. You only had to look at how weary he became of questions on Francesco Totti’s playing time and future in press conferences. Some will say Spalletti could’ve managed the situation better, or more sensitively, while others will feel he was put in a no-win situation. Whatever your view is, it is surely hard to argue that the whole situation was at best a distraction, and at worst destabilising.

Many in Di Francesco’s position, while rightly respectful of the immeasurable contribution made by Totti to the club’s history, would surely feel an understandable sense of relief that what had become such a thorny political issue was concluded ahead of their arrival.

So significant was Totti’s presence that his departure also adds to the sense of a new era at Roma, something that Di Francesco will hope promotes patience. Ironically though it is a significant link to the past that will perhaps endear Di Francesco most to followers of the Giallorossi. A Scudetto winner alongside Totti in the 2000-01 season, he was part of a side that played some great football under Fabio Capello, who skilfully crafted a system and style of play that cleverly maximised the best talents of those available to him.

The same challenge is now laid down to Di Francesco, who must surely be enthused and invigorated by the opportunity to recreate that sort of success at his old club. What’s also significant is that he can do this with the knowledge that the style of play he implemented so adeptly and successfully at Sassuolo has been described as the “right fit for Roma” by President James Pallotta.

Also endorsed and personally singled out by Monchi, Di Francesco begins life at the Olimpico in a very strong position and with the knowledge that he was Roma’s first-pick to take the club forward – we’d be hard-pressed to say the same about his predecessors’ position at Inter.

Spalletti has left Roma in good shape though, indeed I think history could actually end up judging his second spell far more favourably than the present does, particularly if Di Francesco is able to build on some very solid foundations and take the opportunity he has undoubtedly earned.

Have your say...
RoMaNiAc when you say the rest of the big 3 are jealous you have Monchi.....we're not. What Marotta and Paratici have done the last 6 years at Juventus will not be replicated any time soon. Don't get me wrong, a director with Monchi's record would be sought after by most big teams in need. Post Totti, you'll see a big improvement from the top down at AS Roma.
on the 18th June, 2017 at 1:40am
Milan teams are a threat but they are gonna be hit by FFP, that will limit their spending in the long run. Up to UEFA to make an example out of them if they want to be taken seriously. We have a better foundation and more chemistry in comparison.

Worse case scenario, get a new coach. It has happened before and we are still there or there abouts.

Back to Monchi. He got Moreno for more than 1/2 his MV. Most fans of the big 3 won't admit it but they are jealous that we have Monchi
on the 15th June, 2017 at 7:54am
Besides. I trust Monchi. Going by his stats, Roma will at least get 1 trophy in 4 seasons. That is better than what we have achieved since the Americans took over, which is nothing. We have the best DS in the world. Thats a good thing.

Monchi has been on point with renewals of key players (DDR, Stroot and Radja). He has been firm on sale prices. Even though everyone has leverage over us cause of FFP. He has a "must win" mentality that is lacking in Roma. I'm behind him and EDF for all of this.
on the 15th June, 2017 at 7:08am
I am willing to be patient. If he can finish top 4, lose respectfully in the round of 16 or quarter finals of the CL, make it to the semis of the coppa and most importantly show signs of progress. Im good.

Skeptical? Yes but I am a romanista and we are a glass half empty bunch.

Yet, coaches like Allegri and Conte have come from similar professional backgrounds and have proven themselves at their first shot in a big club. Maybe EDF will be similar.

EDF was the best realistic choice available.
on the 15th June, 2017 at 6:58am
Good coach. He's earned it. He got dealt a bad hand in the Europa league when half his squad was injured, and Sansone got sold to Spain.
on the 15th June, 2017 at 1:54am
We have one alternative, wait and see. He appears to be an astute coach so I'm hoping he can find a balance in Roma. The one really frustrating thing about the club is the impatient fan base. I don't know if he can deliver success but I hope he's allowed to establish himself and his philosophy.
on the 14th June, 2017 at 9:58pm
Yeah im sure Roma will be 8th or so next season. lol idiot
on the 14th June, 2017 at 7:56pm
Im not too confident on Roma's next season. 443 formation and Garzia comes to mind. Plus Inter and Milan will be stronger
on the 14th June, 2017 at 7:09pm
LOL Roma will be in midtable next season.
on the 14th June, 2017 at 6:35pm

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