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Julian De Martinis On May - 27 - 2011

The Famous Five: Reviewing Roma’s Coaching Candidates

The season ended a mere five days ago, and yet fantacalcio is already in full swing. Thomas Di Benedetto’s new look AS Roma seem certain to change coach this summer- maybe- and the side have already been linked with no less than five potentially new allenatori: nearly one per day since the win over Sampdoria. Indeed some other coaches besides these have been rumored to take over, but these five seem to be the frontrunners and most talked about. It truly is the silly season, though some of the potential candidates seem better suited to the club than others. How does each candidate rank?

Vincenzo Montella

The current incumbent coach of the club, who did a decent job after taking over from Claudio Ranieri more than midway through the season. The coach failed in his target of reaching fourth place but finished a mere three points off the much coveted position. Tactically, Montella advocates the Luciano Spalletti approach: a 4-2-3-1 featuring nearly the same exact players that occupied those roles in 2007. Towards the end of the season, however, Montella did incorporate youth into the side, even substituting in three primavera players on the final day of the season.

Prognosis? Poor. Montella’s lack of any kind of coaching experience outside of the youth Roma team would be immensely damaging for a team looking to finally compete at the top. His youth also works against him in other aspects as well- choosing players based on personal relationships with will backfire enormously once the club has refreshed. What Roma truly needs is a great tactician and man-manager; Montella may fit the bill one day, but for the immediate future, this would be a poor choice.

Carl0 Ancelotti

A man who needs almost no introduction to Romanisti. At the age of 51, the man has won an enormous amount of awards with both AC Milan and Chelsea: the Premiere League, Serie A, the FA Cup, the Champions’ League (twice), the UEFA Super Cup, the Club World Cup, and the Coppa and Supercoppa Italia. The man has always said that he’d love to coach Roma and has a reputation for getting the best out of aging players, which may be vital for a squad as old as Roma- rejuvenation is needed, after all, but it seems impossible that all of the senior players will leave in just one summer.

Prognosis? Difficult to read. Since being released by Chelsea, Carlo has been adamant that he has had no contact from Roma and wishes to remain in England to coach. He would surely be most Romanisti’s first choice- and is Francesco Totti’s as well- but the man himself is either playing hard to get or desires another club in England first.

Luis Enrique

The most recent of the coaching rumors, and one that is truly beginning to pick up steam.  Enrique is only 41 years old and has spent the last three years coaching the Barcelona B squad. As a player, he was truly storied, winning La Liga and the Spanish cup with both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Prognosis? Looking more and more likely by the day. CalcioMercato claims there is a 99% chance he’ll become Roma’s coach after the Champions’ League final on Saturday. The move may seem odd, however. Getting rid of Montella for someone only slightly more experience than he perhaps seems like an ill-advised move, but Di Benedetto may be willing to take the gamble and hope that Enrique follows in Pep Guardiola’s footsteps.

Didier Deschamps

Perhaps the most impressive candidate given his immensely young age- he’s only forty-two - and the amount of progress he’s made as a coach. Deschamps began his career by taking Monaco to the Champions’ League final, finishing runner up in the Portugese League and winning the Coupe de la Ligue. He then took Juventus to promotion in their first season with Serie B. Though his stay there did not last beyond the solitary year, many Juventini have been clamoring for the coach to return. He made his way to Marseille where he has won the French League as well as two Couple de la Ligue and a Trophee des Champions. In other words, he’s both young and ambitious: exactly what Roma desire to be.

Prognosis? Not looking likely. Deschamps reportedly had no idea he was even linked to the Roma job, and looks increasingly likely to stay at Marseille. It also seems dubious that he would return to an Italian club that isn’t Juventus. As far as choices go, however, he seems the second most suitable candidate after Carlo.

Stefano Pioli

Though the former Chievo coach may seem like an odd choice, he’s the only one to have been confirmed to have talked with the Roma hierarchy about taking over the job. The forty-five-year-old has managed nine teams in the past twelve years including two youth sides. Many of the teams were Serie B sides, although he did manage to coach Chievo to a respectable 11th position this season.

Prognosis? Mixed. The man himself has stated that there are more suitable candidates for the job than he, but if Ancelotti and Deschamps are not available, Pioli make end up coaching nevertheless.

Julian De Martinis

Calcio, Azzurri, and Roma tifosi. Blogger, correspondent, podcast host (@LaMagicast). Lover of books, movies, wordplay, family, and a good cappuccino.

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  • lijien

    no biesla?

  • David H

    Please not Montella. Spalletti left because his system didn’t work anymore. Montella’s short reign only confirmed that — weak, weak defense & zero confidence at the back. Whoever it is needs to be a defensive expert. We’ve got plenty of attacking talent, ideally DDR will rejuvenate, so all the attention & money need to be poured into the back line.

  • jorid22

    You thought you could escape from me, huh?

    Good to see you’re still writing somewhere.

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