Friday August 7 2020
New Roma: Petrachi, Totti or Rangnick?

Roma begin the new Dan Friedkin era and there are several options for director of sport, including Gianluca Petrachi, Ralf Rangnick and Francesco Totti.

The Friedkin Group announced it had agreed a €591m takeover deal to purchase the club from James Pallotta.

Once the closing is completed, reportedly by August 31, then the new owners can begin engaging on the transfer market.

Roma currently do not have a director of sport, as Petrachi was fired following a furious row with President Pallotta.

CEO Guido Fienga has been covering those duties for the last few weeks, but considering Pallotta’s imminent exit, Sky Sport Italia have pointed to a potential Petrachi return.

Another person who walked away due to disagreements with Pallotta is club legend Totti, who has set up shop with his own talent agency.

He doesn’t have as much experience as Petrachi, but did shadow Monchi for a year at the Stadio Olimpico and his return would be an immediate way to win back the fans.

Sky Sport Italia also point to veteran Roma men, as Walter Sabatini was at the club from 2011-16, while before then Daniele Pradè worked under Rosella Sensi.

An intriguing alternative is presented by the Corriere della Sera newspaper in the form of Ralf Rangnick.

The German had been in negotiations for months to take over as both coach and director at Milan, given carte blanche over their transfer strategy.

That all fell apart at the last minute, with Stefano Pioli given a contract extension instead, Paolo Maldini keeping his place too.

Only days after that decision, Rangnick terminated his contract with Red Bull by mutual consent, where he had been a supervisor for their various football franchises around the world.

He is therefore free and has been researching Italian football for the Milan job, but if he turned down the Rossoneri due to wanting more power to make decisions, then Roma may well have similar problems.