Sunday December 4 2011
Enrique: 'I'd resign if...'

In his Press Conference under-fire Roma Coach Luis Enrique confessed he would resign “if the players aren’t following me anymore.”

The Spanish tactician seems to have lost the support of the fans, who chanted for him to leave after today’s 3-0 defeat to Fiorentina.

He was asked in the Press Conference whether he would resign if the Giallorossi lost next Monday’s game with Juventus.

“You’d have to ask the players that, probably without the microphone on, because on record they’ll all say the same thing,” admitted Enrique.

“If I feel that the players aren’t following me anymore, then I will leave, but that is not what I see right now.

“I’m not here to stay gripped to the bench, I don’t like to work for money. I am here because the club has faith in me, but if I see that the players do not follow my lead then I will act accordingly. But you’d have to ask them.”

It has already been a very tense week with Pablo Daniel Osvaldo suspended and fined €50,000 for punching teammate Erik Lamela in a locker-room brawl.

This afternoon Juan, Fernando Gago and Bojan Krkic were all sent off against Fiorentina.

“There has been too much talk about Osvaldo. As for the red cards, Juan’s was a tackle in the box and can happen. Gago clearly made a mistake by going in to the challenge late. Bojan’s handling offence was an instinctive gesture.”

There is another issue, as Francesco Totti returned from an ankle injury and was kept on the bench for the entire game, prompting the Roma fans to chant for their captain. Can this put extra pressure on Enrique when making his selections?

“Of course, but I knew that before I even came to Italy. Francesco is the best player in the history of Roma, so it’s normal the fans call for him. I like this rapport between fans and players. As for me, I continue along my path and do my work. In football things don’t always go the way you think they should.”