Sinisa Mihajlovic reveals he was “very close to joining Roma, but they weren’t ready for it” and he finds it “strange that Lazio never called me.”
The Bologna boss had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Giallorossi job, which seems to have now gone to Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca.
“It’s true, we were very close,” Mihajlovic told Sky Sport Italia.
“However, I realised they weren’t ready for it. I was, they were not. So, having figured out I would’ve had to wage a war by myself, I just moved on. I could’ve fought the war by myself, but I wouldn’t have won.
“So I thanked them for their interest and thought of other things.”
The Roma fans were angry at Mihajlovic’s potential arrival because he is more closely associated with their rivals Lazio in his playing career.
When Simone Inzaghi was considering his future, Miha was among the candidates for the Biancocelesti job, but he insists that was only ever a rumour.
“Lazio have never called me. Frankly, it’s strange. I’ve been coaching for 10-12 years, I worked with seven or eight different Serie A clubs, but I’ve never heard from Lazio.
“It’s odd, because five years ago I was contacted by Juventus, then also Napoli. I repeat, it’s strange to me. I’m appreciated by everyone except Lazio? It’s disappointing, that’s all.
“In any case, I never understood those who talked about me as a traitor. I haven’t betrayed anyone. I work and that is all, you don’t live on air. I am a professional Coach and that is why I had considered Roma. It would’ve been a great experience.”