Sunday January 24 2021
Dzeko vs. Fonseca: what happens now?

Roma are at a crossroads after lurching from form side to crisis club in a matter of days, but Owen Diana sees this as a chance for the new owners to make their mark.

The dust has not settled in the Eternal City. After a convulsive week that included a demoralizing derby defeat and a farcical elimination from the Coppa Italia, Saturday’s wild 4-3 win over Spezia was a much-needed pick-me-up.

While that thrilling triumph will have given the Friedkins some crucial clarity regarding the next steps to take, it also presents them with a puzzling dilemma. Changes must be made in the dugout and on the pitch, but the question is when.

Paulo Fonseca is perched on the hottest of seats, but Lorenzo Pellegrini’s last-minute winner has given him at least a temporary stay of execution. The Portuguese was surely set for the sackuntil that dramatic strike, with Massimiliano Allegri the frontrunner to take his place.

The Livorno-born tactician could still be on his way to the Italian capital, and such an outcome would definitely delight Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian bomber and Fonseca have reportedly been at odds since last August’s tame Europa League exit to Sevilla, with his manager’s willingness to offload him in the offseason another bone of contention.

An already tense relationship reached breaking point following the cup catastrophe, with Dzeko apparently left out of Saturday’s squad as a disciplinary measure. Such a situation is not sustainable, and it seems that the Friedkins may be forced to choose between star striker and head coach.

Dan and Ryan are caught between a rock and a hard place. They are unlikely to get a sizable sum for Dzeko given his massive salary (tied for 3rd-highest paid player in Serie A at €7.5 million net a season) and advanced age, while his role as club captain complicates matters even further. On the other hand, Fonseca has the Giallorossi installed inside the top four at the campaign’s midway point.

Booking a return to the Champions League was always the main objective this term, and the 47-year old is currently on track to achieve that aim. Furthermore, the rousing response to Spezia’s late equalizer suggests that his players are still behind him.

That spirit of togetherness was summed up by Pellegrini’s embrace with Fonseca at full-time. The hometown hero was once again at the heart of everything good that his team did going forward, with his goal just rewards for a swashbuckling showing. Keeping their key creator content should be at the forefront of the Friedkins’ minds.

Bringing in a new boss could further destabilize the dressing room amidst a tight top four tussle, but that is a risk worth taking if Allegri’s signature can be secured. Such a capture would represent a serious statement of intent from La Lupa’s American proprietors, and the former Juventus and Milan mister’s title-winning experience would be a boon to a club that haven’t laid their hands on silverware since 2008.

Fonseca’s football is pretty on the eye, but it’s difficult to envision trophies being added to a dusty Giallorossi cabinet given the recurrent defensive deficiencies that have marked his tenure. Roma have already reached their ceiling with the Portuguese; the sky would be the limit with Allegri in charge.

Have your say...
Love the Giallorossi ????♥️???? but please build on defense and for God sake build the new stadium already!
on the 31st January, 2021 at 8:17pm
They may work things out between them.
on the 29th January, 2021 at 2:38pm
Dzeko for SANCHEZ --Are you freakin' SERIOUS??!!
The hell is happening with this club??

HAHAHA, Just kidding. I'm not surprised one bit by the horrible decisions they make anymore.
Roma had a great opportunity to rise; Lock a constant CL place, attract better sponsors, better players, more fans...
Even the new stadium would be approved by now had they showed they are a SERIOUS club.
Good luck finding new investors now, you clowns. & LEARN FOOTBALL RULES ALREADY!!
on the 28th January, 2021 at 9:37pm
Allegri is the most overate coach in Italy.

He has never won anything without the biggest budget in the division and the 5 he won at Juve were the biggest budgetry gaps that have ever existed in calcio.

He will fail. As much as i like Dzeko, we must keep Fonseca
on the 27th January, 2021 at 5:19pm
@Google: Calcio’s Greatest Shame
Thank you for reminding me that Milan, like Juventus, also cheated & were almost relegated to Serie B.

You should also google "Flat Earth", "Moon landing Hoax" & "Crop Circles" --YOU'LL LOVE THESE!
on the 27th January, 2021 at 1:03pm
A winning coach... ...but at two TOP clubs. :/
Also, let's not forget his last year at Milan & his Juve start. I'm skeptical he'd be a success at this (badly led) Roma.

Though he'd be an improvement over Paolo:
- At Juve, Max wasn't stubborn. When it didn't work, he shelved his ideas & switched back to formation the players were accustomed to.
- He had amazing CL runs & would have reached 3 FINALS had refs not helped Bayern!

In the end, I think Roma will get Sarri, ...maybe De Zerbi?
on the 27th January, 2021 at 5:09am
Anyone who says Roma has a bad team is an idiot. --You are the same people who called Milan a horrible group, & now you praise their players as Superstars.
Roma should be able to compete for the fourth, especially with other teams' struggles (Juve=new coach, Inter=pressure, Milan=absentees, Napoli=Gattuso...)

Dzeko & Fonseca need to reconcile. Club should exchange 2-3 players. Everyone has to give their all in case other ("better") teams slip.
Without Edin, Roma will not beat Verona.
on the 27th January, 2021 at 4:56am
Tactically, Fonseca is very limited during a game. He sticks to his blueprint no matter what.
I understands he believes in certain footbal.., but when you see that on particular day it isn't working, you have to change SOMETHING. Then if you make it worse (which shouldn't happen to a pro coach), try something else!
Sevilla was killing us long before they scored their first goal. Atalanta also. Yet he wants to start the play from goalkeeper, even when Roma can't get the ball out of their half!
on the 27th January, 2021 at 3:53am
1. Fonseca:
I love that he's a coach with attacking style & always starts with it, no matter the opponent.
I love that he's a nice person: He rarely talks about refs & he never moans about injuries/ unavailable players. A real gentleman.

But that's also his downfall.
Being too nice, he's unable to motivate players & give them that extra spark to be better than they are.
Inspiring players is a huge factor in today's game; Proper mentality is as important as proper training, diet, rehabilitation.
on the 27th January, 2021 at 3:52am
Sadly, it's obvious the Bosnian doesn't want to stay anymore.
In September he didn't want to participate in Verona game; his mind was set on Juve. Now, he doesn't want to play through slight injury. (Doesn't want to grit his teeth for the club anymore.)
He's forcing his way out &, unlike Atalanta, Napoli, Inter.., Roma is willing to strengthen their direct rivals. :(

Having a demotivated Dzeko isn't optimal but still better than the alternative. Hopefully he stays (at least until summer).
on the 26th January, 2021 at 7:45pm
...Then Edin EXPLODED!
I will never forget how he single handedly dragged Roma into CL's semis.
His paycheck is deserved; He is "Lebron" in "Cavaliers". (I'd rather pay one amazing Dzeko, than two-three leeching Pastores.)

How quickly Roma fans forget "Midos, Nondas, Destros, Baptistas", or Dzeko's subs "Schicks, Kalinics, Mayorals"..!

(Borja is great, I love the kid. But until now he only played against weaker opponents, in games where Edin could be rested (Spezia, Crotone, Genoa & EL).)
on the 26th January, 2021 at 7:43pm
1. Dzeko:
I accompanied Edin's career since his Wolfsburg days. He was a top striker with enormous potential.
EVERYONE lusted him. His "Bosnian Diamond" nick was perfect.

It was unbelievable that he chose Roma!
From the start (Sevilla friendly, Juve game) he showed what Lupa was missing since Batistuta days. What a striker!

Then, oddly, he drifted & had a horrible year. I thought: "Well, that's it. It doesn't work. Roma played so long without a real striker they just don't know how to use one.
on the 26th January, 2021 at 7:40pm
It's funny how there is no referee review's for round 19. Probably because Bologna deserved a red card after 1 min against Juve, and a penalty for Cuadrado. While Inter should have had Sensi sendt off. Milan crying about Zapata getting a penalty, and they not getting their 13th of the seaon. This points out how hypocritical this site is. Because if it was Juve who deserved a red card we would get that review, but yeah round 19 review would go against the narrative they are trying to paint.
on the 26th January, 2021 at 5:04pm
Juve should snap Dzeko.
on the 26th January, 2021 at 9:44am

LOL Napoli.
ROMA is way better than Napoli, ROMA is a top club.
on the 26th January, 2021 at 9:37am
I am okay with keeping Fonseca until the end of the season. It's not what I want but I think it's too risky to just let Fonseca go now. What needs to happen is both Dzeko and Fonseca need to sit down, get intermediary involved, and work out their issues with one another. Then when the summer comes, I am all for getting rid of Fonseca and bringing in Allegri. We need to start winning silverware and take a no non sense approach with hiring and firing managers.
on the 25th January, 2021 at 7:32pm
I really can't see a top coach like Allegri getting at the head of such a wanna-bes, like Roma, who can't be taken seriously even when they are giving their best! Roma have never been a team that can fight for the highest objectives & in the last years, they're even less!
If any team should think of having Allegri as their coach, and actually bring them title, that's Napoli! And its also a team with whom Max can do something! This Roma?! Nooooo
on the 25th January, 2021 at 5:59pm
For the Rome it would be better to somehow mend the rift at least till the end of the season, I guess. Dzeko is a great player carrying this team season after season, and given his wages its impossible to sell him this quick. Also, Fonseca might not be the best coach, but I don't think any top coach will accept the job in the middle of the season with transfer window basically closed.
on the 25th January, 2021 at 2:54pm
Honestly I do not believe that keeping hold of Pellegrini is essential. He blocks up the playmaker spot in the squad but week after week fails to reach a high level. His shot is too weak, his mentality is questionable at best (watch him hang his hed whenever anything goes against him), and physically he loses out far too often. He does posses excellent vision and a fantastic right foot for passing. But he has too little of the ball during games, and doesn't look for it enough.
on the 25th January, 2021 at 2:09pm
Dzeko should be sold. 7 million a year for a past his prime 34-year-old is stupid and Pellegrini is the captain now anyway. Would be stupid to replace Fonseca now, what can anyway do with such an awful squad. Pedro sucks, the defense is mediocre at best, GKs suck.. The desperate need for a GK, two strikers, and a wing-back
on the 25th January, 2021 at 10:50am
The most impratant thing future succes of Roma will not be wheter it is Fonceca, Allegri or another coach.

It will be down to the new stadium, if the new owners can get the new stadium build and thereby get more reveneu to the club, thei will be able to keep the best players. And then they can get an Allegri type mananger.

But without the new stadium they will never be at true contender to at title
on the 25th January, 2021 at 9:24am
Most pundits predicted Roma to finish 6-7th at the start of this season. Currently, Roma is 3rd. In other words, Fonseca has performed way over expectations. I am skeptical that Allegri would do much better. In my mind, it would be crazy to axe him now.
on the 25th January, 2021 at 9:08am
Fonseca has taken Roma as far as he could considering the lack of talent across the pitch. 7.5m a year salary for Dzeko who was probably a good striker when he was at Man City epitomises how overrated nearly all of the Roma team are. A bunch of mercenaries that get pumped being in the top four at Christmas!
on the 25th January, 2021 at 9:07am
Fonseca's done ok up to a point, given the constant sales in recent years.

Allegri would be a big coup for Roma, but would he want to join them? Surely he can do better than Roma

One thing that might tempt him would be if these new owners are actually owners who want to keep their best players every season instead of sell, sell, sell.

If Allegri was left with their best players and money to spend, then he could turn them into a real contender in a few year
on the 24th January, 2021 at 11:41pm
Roma have always lacked a decorated coach with a proper resume and trophy count. Fonseca getting out coached against everyone in the top 10 of the table. Allegri will give Roma their best chance at silverware but Roma fans are too easily impressed by Fonseca’s fashion and haircut. The guy is tactically naive. That’s why he was coaching in Ukraine.
on the 24th January, 2021 at 6:31pm

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