Saturday June 2 2012
Zeman: 'Yes, I will lead Roma'

Zdenek Zeman has held a press conference confirming he “will lead Roma next season” and waves goodbye to Pescara.

The Coach helped the Delfini achieve promotion for the first time in 20 years, but is instead heading back to the Olimpico to complete the work he started 13 years ago.

“I am here to thank everyone who worked with the club and who allowed me to lead this team. My collaborators, Franco Mancini, the medics, physios, kit managers and press officers.

“We all made this a great season with their enthusiasm and willingness to work hard. I also thank the people of Pescara, who were always close to the squad.

“What I saw from the open top bus as we drove round the city, I’ve never seen anywhere else. I hope Pescara can stay in Serie A for a long time.

“I will lead Roma next season. I had worked at Roma before and was unable to really do what I wanted, but now I once again have the opportunity to coach an important club. This is my last chance to be at a top-ranking side with important ambitions, as I am no longer a young man,” added the 65-year-old.

“When did I decide to join Roma? I don’t know, I can’t remember... We are very close and have almost completed the agreement, so I doubt anything can change that now.

“I always like one-year contracts so that I won’t weigh on the club if things don’t go well. This is my final press conference as Coach of Pescara, so please let us talk about Pescara.

“How have I changed this season? I think I’m the same, just a little older, having lost a few hairs, but the desire to stay on the field hasn’t changed. As long as my health holds up, I want to keep on trying.

“Pescara will always remain in my heart and I didn’t betray anyone. I had a one-year contract, at the end of which it is normal to make choices. I hope people can still be entertained and have fun in watching the team.”

Naturally, Zeman’s move to Roma means several Pescara stars have been linked with the club, such as Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne.

“No, I don’t think I’ll be ‘poaching’ any talents. I want Pescara to go forward as well as possible. Of course, if someone is no longer of use to Pescara and could be of use to me, then we’ll see what happens...

“I don’t know who will replace me and I don’t want to comment on it. The club will make the decision and I hope they choose the right man.

“I pictured a young and wonderful project here. I’m glad Pescara gave me the chance to put myself back in the spotlight and I hope they can continue to grow. The club also needs help from the fans and you journalists to improve.

“I have lived in Rome for many years and people often stop me in the street asking me to return, both Lazio and Roma fans. I hope they’ll continue to do so next year.”

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