Petrachi finally speaks on Roma exit: “I was abandoned by a distant ownership”.


Former Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi discussed his June exit from the club today with Ansa.

The Giallorossi sacked the former Torino director three months ago for cause following an outburst on WhatsApp to former Roma president James Pallotta.

“I found myself alone against everyone,” said Petrachi.

”I was abandoned by the ownership, which was too distant from Rome, the club, and also the supporters”.

”I had asked in vain to remove those that violated the secrets of the dressing room or, even worse, undermined internal relations”.

”And maybe according to some, I should have also avoided going into the dressing room during halftime when we were losing 3-0 to Sassuolo. I did so to encourage the players not to trample on their own dignity”.

“Seeing a team I built being humiliated like this was a blow to the heart. And if I went down to the dressing room that evening, I did so only and exclusively for Roma and the supporters, especially for those who, despite the enormous disappointment, were still there at the stadium and never stopped singing”.

“And then as early as January, I realised it wouldn’t be easy to carry out the three-year project that was entrusted to me only a few months before as Pallotta ordered us to downsize the team”.

Petrachi departed the club after nearly one year on the job. Several names have been tipped as his replacement with Juventus director Fabio Paratici being the favorite.

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