Friday July 28 2017
Pallotta slams ex-Roma staff

Roma President James Pallotta criticised former Coaches Rudi Garcia and Luciano Spalletti, director Walter Sabatini and revealed “secret meetings” with Monchi.

The patron spoke to American radio station SiriusXM FC on Thursday evening. You can read Part 1 of his interview here.

“We started with Spalletti and I could see a couple of years ago that what Garcia had done well the year before, he for whatever reason decided to do it differently and the guys were not even in physical shape, let alone football shape.

“There were even complaints from some of the guys that they’d never been in worse shape, which is kind of amazing, because for them to be saying that… I asked a couple of friends of mine who I trust in the football world and Luciano’s name kept coming up.

“We were lucky enough to have him come in midway with 18-19 games left in the season. He lost the opener to Juventus, then went undefeated for the next 17 games.”

Pallotta reserved some of his most vitriolic comments for Sabatini, who is now working at Suning Group for Inter.

“The change that I really thought had to be made was I had lost a lot of confidence after the first couple of years in my football director. Just the type of players we were buying, a whole bunch of things. The first couple of years were great, but we should’ve been building on that and he was just continuing to make trades.

“So stupid me, sitting around last August talking to Franco Baldini, and I said we’ve got to get another sporting director. I asked what about this guy Monchi? Baldini said he probably wasn’t going anywhere, he was at Sevilla, but he’d make a phone call.

“It turned out, Monchi wanted to talk to me! It turned out he wanted to leave, he and I had some secret meetings and we hit it off right off the bat. We were lucky enough to get him when everyone else wanted him for significantly more money. In two months he’s been a godsend.”

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