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AS Roma-owner in open letter highly critical of ‘catastrophic’ season

AS Roma owner James Pallotta has Friday apologized to the fans of the club for the moderate performance in the last season. The American promise a speedy recovery for the coming year.

“Last season was a true catastrophe”, started Pallotta his story in an extensive open letter, which has a length of thousands of words, on the site of Roma.

“It is my fault that I did not in december, have already intervened, and the coach got fired. When I was already convinced that it was necessary. Perhaps that indecision made that we now have no Champions League.”

Roma put off in march only trainer Francesco Di Eusebio. Claudio Ranieri took over, but he was only sixth in the Serie A, allowing the Romans to settle the preliminaries of the Europa League.

“No one likes, but we have to do with Financial Fair Play. That is a lot of our plans get in the way. There are clubs that are not doing that,” said Pallotta.

“I have a few years ago already said that I didn’t understand what AC Milan was doing. When people said that I was wrong. And now look, they are not the only club that is under the magnifying glass. We can risk, simply don’t take.”

“It is clear that the outside world Roma wants to see failure’

Low point of the season for Roma was perhaps the blamerende elimination in the Coppa Italia. In the quarter-finals of the Italian cup was up 7-1 lost to Fiorentina.

“It is clear that the outside world Roma wants to see fail. They want to see Roma fuck up. That is why the journalists continually be nourished, and normal problems in the dressing room wildly exaggerated,” says Pallotta.

Roma pulled out last summer deep in the purse. The triple champion (the last national championship was in 2001 conquered) reinforced, amongst others, for 17 million euros with Justin Kluivert of Ajax.

“Sometimes we have players because of Financial Fair Play sell and sometimes we do purchases, for which the effect only in the future will turn out. Is that ever wrong? Yes”, is Pallotta honest.

“In the past summer, has gone wrong? Absolutely. Our biggest problem was not the exodus of players, but that we have too many players bought that are not in the system of Di Francesco fit.”

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