Wednesday May 30 2012
Pescara-Roma decision 'tough' for Zeman

Zdenek Zeman has still not decided whether to stay at Pescara or join Roma, as it is “a hard-fought choice.”

The Coach took the Delfini to their first promotion in two decades, but confirmed he is in negotiations with the Giallorossi to replace Luis Enrique.

“Zeman is a very fair person and I learned a great deal from him in the past year,” Pescara President Daniele Sebastiani told Italian radio.

“He always told me that he would stay at Pescara whatever happened, except if he received a call from Roma.

“I can in any case say that this is a hard-fought choice for him. It’d be a shame if he did leave, but I could never speak ill of him.”

Today former Italy Under-21 boss Pierluigi Casiraghi was linked with the Pescara job, but is only one of many.

“There have been dozens of names mentioned in the last few days, including Gianfranco Zola, Gian Piero Gasperini and Delio Rossi.

“They are all talented tacticians, but the choice comes down to the man who has the same desire to do well as Zeman did when he first arrived at Pescara.”

If Zeman does join Roma, then it’s possible young players like Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne will want to follow him to the Olimpico.

“I am convinced Verratti will stay with us for another year. Could we sell him and still hold him here on loan for a year? That is possible. At this moment we’re talking about Insigne, Verratti and Ciro Immobile, but we had other players who did well too.

“We want an intelligent summer transfer strategy and to play a more than dignified Serie A season.”

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