Sunday May 5 2013
Roma's repeat error

As newspapers continually add to the list of potential new Coaches for Roma, Susy Campanale notes Aurelio Andreazzoli keeps on winning.

“We want to make Roma the biggest club in the world.” That was the mission statement for the American owners and they remain focused on brand recognition, attracting investors and securing marketing deals. What they seem to have forgotten is that in order to be a big club, you have to be a good team. Every day there is a new marquee name associated with the Olimpico job, whether it’s Massimiliano Allegri, Walter Mazzarri or Luciano Spalletti. They even approached Pep Guardiola before he opted for Bayern Munich, clearly not learning anything from the Luis Enrique disaster. I fear they are about to make the same mistake all over again.

Zdenek Zeman was hired for the fans and a certain sub-section of the players, as he guaranteed entertainment and therefore ticket sales. However, his style also guaranteed wildly inconsistent results. Fired in February, Aurelio Andreazzoli was promoted from the coaching staff as what Rafa Benitez would call an Interim Manager. His job was to lead them to the end of the season without doing too much damage, but instead he has won over the squad with his man-management skills, taken the side into the Coppa Italia Final and astonishingly into the race for a Champions League spot. Is it enough to keep him on the bench? Of course not. This is Roma.

It’s looking increasingly as if Andreazzoli will be banished back to the backroom staff after the season is over, but can someone who has proven himself to be a talented Coach just return to the shadows? AA will be on a bench next term, if not at Roma then with another club ready to give him a chance. It’s a familiar tale, as we saw Vincenzo Montella take the same path. Promoted from the youth team to shore up the post-Claudio Ranieri ship, Montella surpassed expectations, balanced the notoriously chaotic Giallorossi locker room and hit his targets. Who knows what might’ve happened had Roma kept faith with Montella then? They will regret letting him go forever and Andreazzoli may well turn into a similar scenario.

Roma is not like other clubs. This is a permanent powder keg just waiting to go off, where their top scorer Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is being hounded out by angry fans and media. Francesco Totti practically picks the team and every few months we must go through the traditional ‘Daniele De Rossi will leave’ transfer saga. The slightest bump is turned into a mountain and stress levels have broken many men. Andreazzoli has been there for eight years working with Luciano Spalletti, Ranieri, Montella, Enrique and Zeman.

Once you find a Coach who can handle all of these things, even if he’s not a glamorous figure, you don’t want to just let him go. 

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Have your say...
I was going to read this but then I saw that Susy wrote the article... Not wasting my time. Susy's articles = Garbage.
on the 8th May, 2013 at 9:29pm
Im sorry, but this atricle is absolute nonsense. Is it not the number one rule to do your research before writing an article!? This certainly did NOT happen here
on the 8th May, 2013 at 1:32pm
I sort of agree... I hate to say it but Totti has become a bit of a cancer on the club... you can't sell him or bench him, but I believe when he finally hangs up the boots only then can the club grow and implement new strategy to return them to the top. He's enjoyed a fine season so far but he is not a long term option, and halts the development of many young players vying for a starting spot.
He is bigger than the club and Roma have not been able to deal with it.
on the 8th May, 2013 at 8:50am
I am a Roma fan and I love how Andreazzoli plays a similar style to Spaletti, and I would love to see him stay. Forza Roma
on the 7th May, 2013 at 11:50am
Although I doubt Totti picks the starting XI, I do agree in most part with this blog. I was hesitant at first to confirm him as Manager for 13/14 but on results, past lessons and how he handles the 'piazza' that is Roma, AA seems the most logical choice. Lets just hope that Sabatini, Baldini and Palotta are in agreenance too.
on the 7th May, 2013 at 2:29am
error nothing! over & over & over again the media doesn't stop talking about this (the roma coaching situation). this is a decision that will be taken by the board of directors at roma after the conclusion of the season. until then, andreazolli MUST win the coppa italia final against lazio and MUST win the 3 remaining games left in the season. until then, there really isn't anything to talk about people. susy, bring this conversion up again in june.
on the 6th May, 2013 at 3:01pm
Does this writer even watch roma? Or just look at the lucky statistics 
on the 5th May, 2013 at 11:27pm
You lady are a poor excuse for a journalist/blog writer. I've been reading your blogs lately and to say your knowledge of things is poor is an understatement. Don't quit your day job over writing.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 7:56pm
I feel like the person who wrote this article doesn't even watch Roma matches or has an interest in the team at all. What a waste of time this was.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 7:55pm
"Totti picks the team"? You also tweeted that you meant that the big transfer deals are run by him? Which I'm sure is totally true as you've really backed that up with concrete evidence!

Even don't come up with stuff as ridiculous as this, and that's saying a lot!
on the 5th May, 2013 at 6:12pm
suzy are you your own boss? because i cant seem to understand how you still manage to keep your job. congratulations, hatin witch.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 5:48pm
Romanista, are you judging Montella after last nights game? Roma defended well last night, but the Viola were the better side, & should have won. Montella has worked wonders in Florence, integrating many new players, & creating an impressive team, in just one season. IMO, had Roma shown faith in Montella, they would be stronger,(& more settled), situation than what they are now. As for Osvaldo, he got very little service, & on the rare occasion that he did, he scored.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 3:56pm
I can't believe I just read all this rubbish. This site is on a steep downhill.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 2:53pm
If there's one thing I can agree with it's that this club is indeed to quick to pull the trigger on both coaches and players. Roma are constantly looking for quick solutions instead of showing a willingness to go through the necessary growing pains. I too fail to see the logic in looking for another coach when AA is actually putting up the needed results! If Roma ends up winning the Coppa then I dont see how they can consider replacing him...
on the 5th May, 2013 at 1:36pm
And that "Totti picks the team" thing... I'd swear and cuss the journalist, but I know that they won't post this comment up. I hope you're not gettin paid to write this bull****
on the 5th May, 2013 at 12:00pm
Yikes... I guess I shouldn't be so harsh on Editorial staff..... Most of this article is trash!
on the 5th May, 2013 at 11:56am
How did I kno this article would be complete rubbish? Because I saw the wites at the top. Why does this website keep letting this person write stuff like this for Roma? The sources used are all conspiracies that have been played down by Roma and some of the theories this person has are bizarre. I'm not going to make a comment on her actual case because I stopped reading halfway through. Is this a joke? Because I don't think this journalist (if I can call her that) knows about our club.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 11:52am
"Totti picks the team." Yes of course he does that among a lot of other things: he also personally fired Ranieri & Spalletti, paid for the transfer of Lamela while rehiring Baldini in the proess. He also decides which Sundays no trafic is allowed in the centre of Rome, ordered for Metro Linea B2 to be build,send the previous pope into retirement and single handedly choose and selected the new one and I heard for Roma's next game he wil pick his son Cristian in the line-up.....
on the 5th May, 2013 at 11:06am
Pathetic article.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 10:55am
Firat of all, although I like Montella a lot, I think last night served as an example to why the club let him go. Second, Totti practically picks the team? And you came up to that conclusion how? And regarding Osvaldo, I'm not sure which match you were watching, but he literally played like crap for 90 minutes. This happens all the time. Plays like crap for 89 minutes, misses sitters, gives away the ball so easily, but then one moment of actually doing his job and he is hailed by all.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 10:52am
Still waiting for the new stadiums. Build three rings with 22 seats each meaning 55.000. Then the stadium will be packed each week.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 10:28am
Allegri has won Serie A, Mazzarri has coached extremely well in CL and Serie A, what have Montella, Zeman, Enrique, and and Ranieri have collectively done so far in their coach careers?Short-term success doesn't guarantee long-term triumph. AA definitely deserves a ton of credits for what he has accomplished so far. However, in order to bring the club to the statue that the American owners hope. A more proven coach is required.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 9:31am
Not even sure if AA would like to stay. Anyway, is he really a solid rock you would like to build a serious project on? Can Roma make third straight error after LE21 and Zeman? They should really pay and hire a top class manager
on the 5th May, 2013 at 9:27am
I'd keep him. The players are with him, & there is no guarantee that an expensive, high profile coach will do any better. I hope Roma give him another season, & provide him with some good signings in the summer.

Roma were very lucky last night. How on earth did the officials miss De Rossi's handball?!! That said, the Viola must get more players in the box, & Jovetic looked ineffective.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 9:00am
This is probably on of THE most pathetic articles I have read.

Honestly, where do I begin; Andreazzoli's job is not on the line. All of this is speculation by the media. Roma have repeatedly stated this and yet like typical British consumers you'll believe anything in the papers.

Totti picks the team? Quality journalism there Susy!! Oh and Osvaldo? He damaged his relationship with the fans “But, like in all families, the time comes for you to kiss and make up and we r moving on"

Forza Roma!
on the 5th May, 2013 at 8:44am
lol Asem, you need to come here often and see how Suzy would say things about any team other than Milan, Suzy is a Milanista.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 8:22am
Mmmm I think Andreazzoli would be a decent appointment for Roma. Results are solid and team looks more united. For me Roma has to start getting youth team players more involved in the first XI as well as bring some more talent in the summer. Hope they can challenge for the Scudetto next year
on the 5th May, 2013 at 8:04am
First of all Andreazzoli didn't work with Ranieri, Montella brought him back when he took over after Ranieri's resignation.

Second, he has a 3 year contract with Roma and was clear all along that he would happily return to be a tactical assistant from next season.

Third, I think it's an easy target for you reporters to say Roma will do a mistake, as if they changed him and do well then no one will remember your words, but if a Luis Enrique happens again then you would all jump in and say we so
on the 5th May, 2013 at 7:33am
It's all about the pressure. It's one thing to succeed as interim manager when expectations are low and your predecessor has failed. It's another thing to be in charge from day one of a season, with no excuses, and with a Champions League place as your goal.

Q for Susy: is there a precedent for a 59-year-old assistant coach getting his first job as a No. 1 in Serie A and making a long-term success of it?
on the 5th May, 2013 at 6:50am
Just look at how the results improved since Zeman was sacked. Zdenek Zeman is a cancer. Roma's new owners would be wise to hold on to Andreazzoli, but probably will not. He's not the sexy choice.
on the 5th May, 2013 at 1:55am

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