The door is set to close on the Pallotta era at Roma


Il Tempo (Biafora) – A long adventure is about to end — one that didn’t bring the desired results that were hoped for back in 2011.

Since the signatures and the toast on 15 April 2011 in Boston, 3247 days have passed since James Pallotta and his partners took over at Roma but their era is about to end. It’s the beginning of a new era at Roma that will see The Friedkin Group become the sole owner of the Giallorossi.

The first person who won’t be happy is Pallotta himself. Since 2012, he has been the president of the club and has been joined by Michael Ruane and Richard D’Amore, who are part of his US consortium.

Under Pallotta, Roma has had a trend of fluctuating but the biggest worries from Pallotta’s men and the Board of Director has been the lack of trophies and the continuous delays on the Stadio della Roma. The process to find the Giallorossi a new stadium started on 15 March 2012 with the assignment given to Cushman & Wakefield with initial expectations being that the stadium could be opened for the 2016/2017 season. Fast forward and we’re in the 2019/2020 campaign with three different mayors having passed through Rome and yet there’s still no stadium.

The highest point for Pallotta – who hasn’t stepped foot in Rome since June 2018 – is undoubtedly the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool following the incredible comeback against Barcelona (after which he dove into the fountain at the Piazza del Popolo).

In the 9 years since his arrival, which has consisted of many sales and purchases, there have also been many negative moments: the changing of the club crest, the signing of the preliminary agreement a fake Sheikh, bad break-ups with Walter Sabatini and Ramon Monchi, and the mishandled farewells of De Rossi and Totti.

In the meantime, the contacts between the various law firms who are involved with Friedkin’s takeover continued contacts yesterday. Soon, Roma will be in the hands of Dan Friedkin.

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