Tuesday February 22 2011
Montella: I'm not a caretaker

Roma's new boss Vincenzo Montella says that, despite appearances, he doesn't feel like a caretaker manager.

The 36-year-old was handed the reins until the end of the season on Monday after Claudio Ranieri's resignation.

Speaking at his official unveiling, Montella said: "Honestly the question as to whether I am a caretaker or not isn't up to me.

"I accepted the job knowing that I would be making my commitment and professionalism available to the club.

"It doesn't interest me if you are talking about or promoting [another Coach], that, for instance, you are talking about Carlo Ancelotti.

"I don't feel like a caretaker. Then again, you know that in football things change very quickly.

"I have been on the bench many times in my career and tomorrow perhaps will be the first time that I am happy on it.

"The League is very balanced. However, if you look at the teams at the top they have merit, but they have also lost a lot more than in other Leagues.

"We need to give ourselves principles and guidelines which we will discuss together. Then the team will be chosen. We are all agreed on the principles today. If you concede a goal it's not only the defenders' fault.

"I will absolutely have to succeed in being myself. If I do it, things will go well."