Petrachi: “A Roma c’è un sistema malato, la mia è stata un’agonia. A Trigoria non c’è mai stata unione, volavano brutte parole appena voltavi le spalle”
Former Giallorossi sports director Gianluca Petrachi, shot by Roma before the change of ownership, talked to Radio Radio Radio’s microphones, wiping a few pebbles from his hands. Here are his declarations:
Did this encounter mortify you in Rome?
Actually, it did mortify me. Since, with much excitement, I came to Rome. I had too much confidence in the Rome Mission, and in what they thought and told me. I want to recall that I had a big diatribe with my former president to come to the Capital, who did everything he could to hold me there despite my last year of contract. Also now, since we are talking about a strong guy, it is not convenient. All I thought about, though, was moving to Rome and wanting to change things. All says that the climate in Rome is difficult: if you haven’t won the Scudetto for 20 years, it’s not just that there haven’t been any decent stars, coaches or sports directors. I needed to think about changing this situation, in my stubbornness, as I managed to convert Cairo to Toro, which, on the other hand, motivated me and made me rise. So, to change things, I decided to come to Rome and get someone close to me to help me do that.
You are the one who in Rome didn’t make yourself heard, or the others who didn’t understand you?
I think that they understood me well and helped me for six months. I did a lot with the support of society until December-January. You could wonder how much rigor and consistency there was in Trigoria, how many people I sent out, how many people no longer came to the sports center, how much fines I received. It was all good, if not more than that. I demonstrated to them that to survive you have to start from the foundations and have a large family behind you to wage war with as I tried to bring an end to so many problems that were happening, including things that were said and news that came out with many people who were there doing nothing. There is a high chance of failure if this does not occur. We spoke behind it and took poor words as soon as we turned our backs, the solidarity and compactness in the system of Rome had never been there. And those who could not bear each other I wanted to organize and incorporate.
What was the situation before you learned that things weren’t going well?
At a certain point, I asked my contact person around January if the president was satisfied with my role. I don’t speak English well, so I haven’t really had a clear relationship with myself. I have always been telling stuff …
Are you willing to give your job a vote?
In line with what the company was telling me, I guess I have done everything. I am a corporatist, and by putting young people in mind to make economic profits, the organization has asked me to renovate. I still manage, with an eye on the budget, to keep the team powerful. I agree that the team composition, with substantial young people and outstanding confirmations, was fantastic. We had 15 players settling down, at least half of them sold, and we’re talking about players without a lot of demand. Three players declined the move afterwards and are now in Rome.
Will this personality have affected yours?
There’s a sick environment in Rome where everyone thinks they have coverage, they’re calling me, they’re pressuring me. In simplicity, I made contact, so Roma realized who they were bringing when they picked me. I was still very cool and quiet in my news conferences, illustrating certain circumstances that I did not like.
Will this personality have affected yours?
There’s a sick environment in Rome where everyone thinks they have coverage, they’re calling me, they’re pressuring me. In simplicity, I made contact, so Roma realized who they were bringing when they picked me. I was still very cool and quiet in my news conferences, illustrating certain circumstances that I did not like. Maybe you’re mistaking a verb or saying those derogatory words. Since the contact system decided to bring me down, it was easy to put me down. Then, open heaven, because culture did not protect me. I went on my way, believing that I was being supported by society.
Will you give Pallotta the message back?
It wasn’t an offensive message, but rather a confrontational message that never happened in fact. In order to improve what was in Rome, I would have needed help. I’d do it again though. It was a painful death, an agony, just as it was before me for everyone. But I’m not talking about the strain of the fan, it may be of little value, on the contrary. They also didn’t mention it the way they did to the fans. I did that, and I could not do that again.
Are you free on the market to operate?
Actually, I’ve been free to pick. No conditioning was present. A lot of people were asking about Baldini, but his shopping list didn’t function. He valued me and my position was always appreciated. From the point of view of kicking