NEWS
Monday June 17 2019
Sabatini: 'Totti missed opportunity'

Walter Sabatini maintains Francesco Totti “could’ve been a fine technical director it’s a missed opportunity for him and Roma.”

The former Giallorossi director of sport, who today was appointed co-ordinator for Bologna and the Montreal Impact, was asked about Totti’s explosive Press conference and resignation.

“I don’t want to get into Roma’s internal matters, but I can say one thing,” Sabatini told the Huffington Post.

“The situation of Totti’s status as director is down to a perennial ambiguity from Roma, who signed a contract with him when he was still a player many years ago.

“It’s a contract that was set to begin whenever Francesco retired from playing. From that moment on, there should’ve been a clear direction, instead they just kept going without any shared strategies. They left him just hanging around with nothing to do.

“He said today ‘they only called me when they were having problems.’ We know what it’s like around Roma and what it means in certain groups when you have Totti by your side.

“Totti deserved to be at least tested over the last few months, as he deserved to be brought into the fold. His football sensibility is undeniable and his opinion on these matters would’ve been helpful.

“A technical director doesn’t just choose players. He participates in the construction of the squad, deciding who is the Coach, the medical staff and basically everything around training the team. Totti spent over 20 years at Trigoria, he’d be ideal for that role.

“Undoubtedly, this was a missed opportunity for everyone. It’s difficult to say who missed out the most.”

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