Following his side’s loss to Inter in the national title final on Tuesday evening, Roma Primavera (U-19) boss Alberto De Rossi confirmed he won’t manage the team next season, signaling an end to his nearly twenty-year tenure at the helm.
The 64 year-old was appointed in 2003 and constructed one of the best youth systems in Italy, winning the Italian title as recently as 2016.
“Honestly we were hoping for a different ending,” De Rossi told SportItalia after his team’s 2-1 loss.
“Both teams deserved to be winners tonight. We had an amazing season, but in the end we weren’t quite able to find that last touch to make sure the final was ours too. “
“It’s been a great season that could have been a remarkable one which, in my opinion, it deserved to be.”
He continued, “As for the Primavera, Roma has another project (in mind). But there’s no issue between the club and myself.”
“We’ve been together for so many years and we’ll continue to be together. I’ve made myself available to Roma for the project they have in mind.”
Finally, “I must also mention and give credit to all my colleagues who have played their role too during this period.”
“Because we are the showpiece final (for the youth sector) but all the hard work that colleagues do throughout the age groups is extremely important too.”