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Friday June 7 2019
Commisso unveils Fiorentina plan

Rocco Commisso unveiled himself as Fiorentina’s new owner on Friday, with a few choice words for Milan, Federico Chiesa and the Press.

Commisso takes over from the much-criticised Della Valle family, and journalists immediately warmed to the Italo-American’s quirky personality, which saw him regularly switch between his mother tongue and English.

“Good day to everyone and good day to the Press,” he began.

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Wednesday June 5 2019
Official: DS Massara leaves Roma

Roma announced they have parted company with sporting director Frederic ‘Ricky’ Massara, as Gianluca Petrachi is already working for them.

Petrachi was coaxed away from Torino and has already been flying around Europe taking meetings on behalf of the Giallorossi, including on Tuesday with representatives of Shakhtar Donetsk Coach Paulo Fonseca.

“AS Roma and Frederic Massara can confirm that they have reached a mutual agreement to bring an end to their working relationship,” read a statement.

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Sunday June 2 2019
Roma start again. And again.

Following an underwhelming campaign and numerous changes on and off the field, Roma will be looking to start from scratch next season, writes Steven Moore.

This is not how President James Pallotta would have expected his season to go, especially after the splendid 2017-18 campaign that saw Roma finish in third place with 77 points and progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

A combination of erroneous decisions in the summer transfer window initiated their decline and Pallotta put the blame squarely on his director of sport Monchi, who quit for a return to Sevilla in March.

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Friday May 31 2019
De Rossi hits back at 'defamatory' article

Daniele De Rossi will sue La Repubblica for defamation and donate the proceeds to charity. “It’s not the first time people have cast aspersions over my friendship with Francesco Totti.”

The report also elicited a furious response from Roma President Jim Pallotta, as it claimed among other things that De Rossi and teammates had tried to get Coach Eusebio Di Francesco and director Totti sacked.

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Friday May 31 2019
Di Francesco defends Roma methods

Eusebio Di Francesco laughed off suggestions Daniele De Rossi wanted him out and defended his training techniques at Roma.

The club was thrown back into turmoil after a newspaper article claimed there was a player revolt against Coach Di Francesco, something that President James Pallotta denied.

“My working methods are the same as last season, the ones that brought us into the Champions League semi-finals,” Di Francesco told the Corriere dello Sport.

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Friday May 31 2019
Monchi: 'Best if Roma move on'

Former Roma director of sport Monchi believes “it’s better for everyone that we move forward” and ignore President James Pallotta’s criticism.

In an open letter on the official club website, Pallotta confirmed some parts of the expose in La Repubblica about Daniele De Rossi’s turbulent exit were true, specifically blaming Monchi for “lying” to the captain and getting their transfer strategy wrong.

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Friday May 31 2019
Pallotta: Could've handled DDR better

James Pallotta confesses he could have dealt with Daniele De Rossi better but disagrees Roma could have relied on the midfielder next season.

Pallotta was heavily criticised after Roma chose not to inform De Rossi of their decision to release the midfielder until just a day before his departure was announced.

“Did we get it completely right with Daniele in how we dealt with him? No, I don’t think we did. Our view was that this was probably going to be his last year,” concluded the club President’s open letter.

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Friday May 31 2019
Pallotta: Signings the problem

James Pallotta insists Roma’s problem last season was signings as ‘feels terrible’ for setting Eusebio Di Francesco up to fail.

Di Francesco was sacked by Roma in March after they crashed out of the Champions League, but Pallotta made it clear Monchi’s recruitment did not ‘fit’ the Coach’s style of play.

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Friday May 31 2019
Pallotta clarifies Repubblica story

James Pallotta accepts ‘some’ of La Repubblica’s story about Roma was true, taking aim at Monchi for lying to Daniele De Rossi about Steven Nzonzi.

La Reppublica’s report, that De Rossi and several others in the Roma squad wanted to see the back of Francesco Totti, was initially dismissed as ‘bull’ by Pallotta.

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Friday May 31 2019
Pallotta sorry for 'complete disaster'

James Pallotta has apologised for Roma’s ‘complete disaster’ of a season but argued ‘I don’t get one cent’ out of the club and that ‘we need the stadium’.

Roma fans have turned on Pallotta in recent months after the continued sales of the club’s best players were followed by no Champions League qualification and the controversial departure of Daniele De Rossi.

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