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Sunday March 10 2013
Give Andreazzoli a chance

With rumours that Massimiliano Allegri is being sounded out by Roma, Alex Mott argues that their next Coach is right under their noses.

“In my opinion Andreazzoli is one of the best three Coaches in Italy. He is alongside Antonio Conte and Delio Rossi as far as I'm concerned. Aurelio studies the game and has his own ideas. He is a balanced Coach, both in the good times and the bad times. He is an extraordinary person.”

Those were the words of former Parma boss Silvio Baldini last week. And it goes to show the esteem the current Roma boss is held in on the peninsula.

Having been given the post in February following Zdenek Zeman’s sacking, the 59-year-old has guided the Giallorossi to victories over Atalanta, Genoa and Juventus, as well as a last night’s draw with Udinese. It’s a run of results that’s seen the capital club up to seventh in Serie A, just six points off of a Champions League place – with many, including the man himself, calling for his permanent arrival.

“If I’m honest, I do think that I deserve to be confirmed in the job,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“But the fact remains that I am an employee of the club who for five years has been asked to perform a certain task. I’ll do whatever the club tell me to do in the future.

“I’m working in a joyful environment, I’m happy and I therefore have no worries about what may happen next.

“I’m ready for anything. If, in June, I have to put myself at the disposal of a new Coach then I will do so without any problems.”

It begs the question though, why would they want to employ anyone else? The former Fiorentina youth Coach has been at Stadio Olimpico since 2005, where he’s been second-in-command to the likes of Luciano Spalletti and Luis Enrique. He knows the club like no one else, enjoys a fruitful relationship with some of the team’s biggest players – unlike his predecessor – and hasn’t been afraid to blood the likes of teenage defender Alessio Romagnoli.

Andreazzoli probably deserves his chance to finally take charge of one of Italy’s biggest clubs, but still rumours persist of Massimiliano Allegri’s potential arrival in the Eternal City. The Milan boss has been hesitant to sign a new deal at San Siro, and Sky Sport Italia revealed earlier this week that directors from the Lupi had been in contact with the 45-year-old Rossoneri man.

It’s endemic of the approach the new board have taken at Roma under President James Pallottashort-termist with consideration only for the club’s marketing opportunities.

If they really want to do right, the interim Coach shouldn’t be chucked on the scrapheap or shoved into the background – he should be promoted to a permanent position. Stability hasn’t always been the order of the day in Rome. But this grand old club need to change their ways. They have the quality to finish in the top three, and with Andreazzoli at the helm, their potential could be unleashed.

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Have your say...
I think calling for his permanent appointment is a bit premature but if he can manage this run of results then he could well be a realistic option. Rome is a pressure cooker that Andreazzoli knows well, he knows it's mechanics. This is a major advantage. Let's take a rain check on this one.
To those pro Zeman,you can't be serious?! As a neutral we'd be fantastic to watch but as a Roma fan, it became like a game of ping pong and unfortunately we were on the receiving end all too often
on the 11th March, 2013 at 1:28pm
I think there is no rush to make this decision. I'm not sure what was happening behind the scenes and in the locker room, but dismissing Zeman seemed to be knee-jerk and reactive. I hope the board doesn't make the same mistake here and promise AA the job after a couple of positive results. I also hope they don't hire Allegri simply because he has a marketable association. Let this season run its course and then decide!
on the 11th March, 2013 at 12:03am
what about their new stadiuym like inters and of course the mighty milan you can find these stadiums at the toys r us store under the lego section,also i might add the same higfh praise was put on strama after hes result againt juventus look at him now lol.he has proven nothing as a coach nothing at all
on the 10th March, 2013 at 8:58pm
If you watch the past few games, Roma has no direction on the pitch. Andreazzoli is allowing the players to manage the team. He doesn't have tactics and doesn't know how to develop an attack. Andreazzoli is a great person and great team guy to have on the coaching staff but he is far from a realistic option for our bench.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 5:55pm
From what i have seen so far which is still not enough, Andrezzoli deserves to be our coach next year, the most important thing is the 3 points, i don't care about the performance ! what has good performance done for us so far ! id rather play bad and win.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 5:18pm
Roma need to buy quality defenders. Burdisso, Castan, Piris are NOT going to get you top 3 in Serie A. They should look at Ogbonna, Santon, Bochetti, Andreolli, and or Criscito. With Romangoli as a sub. Roma have the pieces to be a top 3 side in Serie A, just need to sort out the defence.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 4:35pm
Roma are doing great things right now. Yes, they might struggle a little but considering how they have played for the past 2 seasons i like this new style and would like to see Andreazzoli left in peace until the end of the season without any rumors of Allegri. If he gets Roma where they belong he should be given the job permanently.

There shouldn't be a rush to praise him or discredit him, given he has 10 games left to get Roma to the CL.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 4:30pm
Zeman was building team for the future with lots of potential and talent. They made a lots of mistakes but that is what young players do. Andreazzoli is a step back in my opinion.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 4:12pm
I agree with everything dalmar said except keeping andreazzoli for next year. I want Zeman back!!! This team is unwatchable. There is no flow of play whatsoever. This is the ugliest Roma team in over 20yrs, and Zeman was right about de rossi as well.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 3:08pm
We need to really strengthen in the summer and buy well. Next year is a big year for us, we all need to pull in the right direction. Talk is cheap palotta, facts are what we need. Forza roma. To all the people who salate juve get a life, they are a credit to italy, would be so good if they win champ league.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 1:27pm
We need to make a decision at the end of the season. He gets the job for me if we get into europe either competition. I like him, 3 wins and a draw in last 4 games. Big improvement from zeman. We must get euro football this year.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 1:21pm
To continue: Andrezzoli should only stay if he either gets us to third place or can show a Roma who gets good results with an own, good play.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 12:45pm
nothing else to write?! i think it is a bit premature to start writing articles of andreazzoli permanent hire. let him play more games. let him win more games. let him get roma higher up the table. after then, at the end of the season, lets judge if he has done well enough to justify a permanent position. till then, it's only been 4 serie a games. with 2-1-1 record. CL (3rd place) is what roma seeks. if he gets them there, then i can see that maybe he should be given the opportunity to continue.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 12:45pm
Lets not really say anything yet. To be honest, Roma, with exception of the Juve-game, have played crap during all games during his reign. Seriously, with a bit of bad luck we could have lost against both Atalanta and Genoa and it wouldn't even be unfair or anything.

I admire his work with the defense, even though we keep makin individual mistakes, but our own offensive play have been incredibly suffering.It's so bad. And if we can't get that part of our game running, there will be no CL for us
on the 10th March, 2013 at 12:44pm
It has been an encouraging start. The team looks more solid, albeit not as attractive to watch. Stek & some of the other players seem a little happier. Tactically he seems competent, although I didn't like the way he switched from a 343, in the first half, to a 3511 in the 2nd. This change encouraged Udinese back in the game. Still it is early days. I'd wait until the end of the season before making a decision on his future.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 12:43pm
How about their new stadium..???
on the 10th March, 2013 at 12:17pm
Andreazzoli definitely deserves at least until the end of the season to show what he can do. Results have been good and the squad seem a lot more settled than they did under Zeman. I don't really understand why there would be such a rush to get Allegri either. I dont think he's done particularly great things with Milan.
on the 10th March, 2013 at 12:00pm
I want him as our coach, but what i didnt like is when you said "unlike his predecessor – and hasn’t been afraid to blood the likes of teenage defender Alessio Romagnoli".
I think you forgot who promoted him to the first-team. Romagnoli would have been on loan right now if it wasnt for Zeman Who wanted to keep him. The reason why he can play more now its cuz we play with three-man defence and if there is injury in defence like Genoa match.
If someone is not afraid to play young players is Zeman
on the 10th March, 2013 at 11:43am

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