Saturday May 21 2011
Montella: 'I could stay at Roma'

Vincenzo Montella has not lost hope of staying on the Roma bench next year. “I don't think a decision has been made yet.”

The Coach was drafted in from the youth team after Claudio Ranieri's resignation and, with a point against Sampdoria tomorrow, will take them to the Europa League.

“I don't think a decision has been made yet,” insisted Montella in today's Press conference.

“I do not know if I have lost ground in terms of my Roma future, but the most gratifying thing for me in these months has been the respect from players and directors.”

Chievo boss Stefano Pioli confirmed he had been in talks with the new Giallorossi owners, while Didier Deschamps and Carlo Ancelotti are among the other candidates.

“The meeting with Pioli did not annoy me. Maybe it would've done had it been over the past three months, but I don't want to talk about this today. I do not need to put forward my own candidacy and I'm not saying that Roma are the best option for me. In any case, I think I'm still in the running.”

Montella has been linked with a move to Catania, where Diego Simeone does not look certain to stay for next season.

“If this side is in its current position, then perhaps it's because the players did not fulfil their potential. The next Coach will be fortunate to inherit a Roma side with a strong desire to prove itself.

“Has an era come to an end? I don't know, or rather, it's not up to me.”