I wanted to write about this after DDR's press conference but didn't have the time and then felt defeated and depressed after the match on Saturday.
I have rid myself of the ROMANticism and provincial thinking that paradoxically is coupled with European aspirations that are the hallmarks of most Romanisti a good while back before the American takeover. maybe it's my pessimism, pragmatism or that I'm 0% Italian, but I stay emotionally invested in this club without having any qualms with it being run like a business, because it should be run like a business and it should make its owners money.
I know for a fact because of the figures involved that Palota doesn't make anything off of selling players, and I understand that they want to build a project while fighting against FFP and Roma's municipality's corruption. I don't care if the players we have aren't as crazy as us or the Romanos in the squad (or the adopted Romanos) about the club and the crest, as long as they're professional and conduct themselves that way during their time at the club.
and just like De Rossi said, if contract renewals were left up to aging players they, more often than not, will renew beyond the point they should quit at. and you can't blame them as this is how they identify themselves and what they did since they were children, it's scary to change that and try to redefine yourself, especially if you were successful at it. and so I understood Totti's feelings but still sided with the management that decided he wasn't up for it anymore but still wanted his influence, so they offered him a job.
I understood what the management was trying to do and could stand behind it even if in hindsight they've made mistakes.
however, the DDR thing happened and I just can't wrap my head around how poorly it was handled.
we don't have a coach or a DS yet, so why decide to not renew DDRs contract? and if this hasn't been a hastily made decision, why not let the player know from the start of the season so he and the fans can come to terms with it? there's a measure of disrespect in the action that cannot be stomached, and then you see the player that the action was taken against and the disgust is amplified. Daniele handled this with the grace, dignity and class you expect from a player with the character to go to the ref and confess that he scored a goal with his hand, even though the ref didn't see it and the goal was allowed. he was within his right to at least harshly criticize the management, however he was a bigger person than any of them and used the press conference to try and calm things as much as possible in the storm that he didn't create and that had other moving parts he had nothing to do with.
so, we're out of CL, no one wants to coach us, it appears the management burnt the bridge between them and the one person we could count on to coach us, we have no DS and now the management fumbled De Rossi's situation making us a very unattractive place to work at, and I am left bewildered.
I don't know if I managed to convey my thoughts and feelings well, because I think they are not well defined yet and because English isn't my first language. anyway I've never felt as tired in my 20+ years following this club, nor felt as big of a void.
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Last edited by Wolf Man; May 20th, 2019 at 12:27.