Friday September 28 2012
Zeman too old, says ex-Juve chief

Former Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has questioned Roma’s decision to re-hire Zdenek Zeman instead of Vincenzo Montella. “He’s too old.”

The capital club were in summer talks with Catania to make Montella their Coach for the second time in his short career, only to then hire Zeman instead – 13 years after his last spell in the capital.

“The Giallorossi missed out on a great opportunity to hire Montella – now at Fiorentina – as their Coach,” Cobolli Gigli told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“He’s a youngster with clear ideas who knows the Roma environment well. He is showing that you can get great results by talking little and working a lot.

“I respect Zeman as a Coach, but I don’t like him. He always chases controversy,” the former Bianconeri official added.

“I think that when people reach a certain age, like me, then they become old. And old people should leave the stage, retire, go and discuss things with friends at a bar and smoke a cigarette.

“They should avoid jobs that are not suited to them.”

Zeman's Roma travel to Juventus on Saturday.