Sevilla’s Ramon Monchi recognizes mistakes in Roma spell

Andy Mattioli

Sevilla director and former Roma sporting director Ramon Monchi recently addressed his brief and turbulent spell with the Giallorossi.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Monchi – who joined the capital club in the summer of 2017 and left in February 2019 – recognized his own mistakes which led to Roma failing to qualify for the Champions League.

“I tried to do my best but it’s true that I made mistakes,” Monchi told the Italian newspaper. “I’ve never had a problem admitting my mistakes but you also have to understand the context.”

“This season I was wrong in Seville too, but in Andalusia I have a history of 24 years with 19 finals and 10 trophies that make me go out quietly in the evening when I have to take my two dogs for a walk.”

“In Rome I didn’t have time to correct my mistakes. When I arrived people thought that in addition to signing the players I would score and save penalties… But the responsibility is mine. Looking back there would be so many things I wouldn’t do anymore.”

“I don’t want to focus on individual signings. With Pastore I made a mistake but the big mistake was that I had to better understand what Roma was. What it stands for the city, the fans and the press. And when I realised it, it was late.”

“95% of the responsibility was mine during that period of time,” he added. “I wasn’t myself.”

“Totti? He helped me a lot when working as a director at the club.”

“Roma are a great club and like in all clubs you have little time to perform well. That’s the big issue – nobody waits for you.”

“It would be easy to say that Roma’s management didn’t let me work. It’s not true. I can’t say anything about Baldini or Pallotta, much less about Baldissoni and Fienga.”