Roma President James Pallotta has hit out at Monchi for his comments about why he left the club. “Now we have more injuries than we’ve ever had…”
Monchi claimed at his Sevilla unveiling on Monday that he and Roma wanted to go in different directions, but Pallotta made it clear he gave the Spaniard ‘complete control’ as sporting director, in a statement that saw the American pull no punches.
“I was kind of surprised to read Monchi say at his press conference that he wanted to go one way and I wanted to go another way,” the 61-year-old told his club’s official website.
“I appreciate that Monchi never set out to fail at Roma but I want to make something very clear; right from the start, I was very clear about the direction I wanted us to go in and that’s why we spent a lot of money bringing Monchi in.
“From the start, I said I wanted first class Coaches, first class performance staff, first class medical staff, first class scouting and recruitment and a first class football organisation.
“I gave Monchi the keys to deliver that. I gave him 100 percent control to appoint the Coach he wanted, to employ the assistant Coaches and the performance staff, to manage the scouting and to bring in the players he wanted. If you look at our results and our performances, it’s clear that this hasn’t worked.
“In November, when our season was going from bad to worse and everyone could see that the coach was struggling to get a reaction out of the players, I asked Monchi for his Plan B should things continue to get worse.
“He had sole responsibility for football operations at Roma but he didn’t have a Plan B. That was November. He said his Plan B was just to keep doing the same as Plan A.
“So, if I read or listen to the radio interviews he’s giving where he says that the idea of the ownership was different to his and that is why he left, please let me know what Monchi wanted to do differently?
“He asked me to trust him and let him do it his way. We gave him complete control and now we have more injuries than we’ve ever had and are in danger of missing out on finishing in the Top 3 for the first time since 2014.”