The giallorossi are screening the market to find their future coach and albeit several names are on the table, Conte would be the best choice. Roma need an experienced motivator and psychologist.
Although the 2018-19 campaign is still ongoing, the Lupi are struggling to find their way towards the Champions League and they may have to welcome a qualification to the Europa League next season. The club made some strategic mistakes in the construction of a team that has shown significant personality gaps. Monchi has left the eternal city and Pallotta must take the absolute control of the operations at this time.
The main issue that the American investor has to face is the choice of the next coach. Although rumors are reporting on Roma’s interest in Bielsa, Giampaolo, and Gasperini, the most mentioned name seems to be that of Maurizio Sarri. The former Napoli coach could be a great choice for the giallorossi but Antonio Conte is the real dream of the Roma fans.
These are 3 main reasons why Roma should sign Conte over Sarri
His Experience and Reputation as a Winner
The 49-year-old from Lecce (Italy) has collected several trophies in the last decade. All started in the 2011-12 campaign when Conte won the Italian title with Juventus for the first time. He continued his winning streak in the following years (2012-13 and 2013-14). In the 2013-14 campaign, he lifted a Super-Cup as well. When Chelsea decided to give him the role of manager, the Italian centered another relevant trophy bringing the Premier League back to London.
His Salary Couldn’t Be a Relevant Issue
In January, Antonio Conte was approached by Inter but, reportedly, the parties didn’t find an agreement due to the high salary requested by the coach. According to those rumors, Conte had requested about €8 million per season to accept the role in Milan. Roma could offset this cost by reshaping their salary-cap properly. The club of Trigoria will start a total overhaul next summer. Likely, Edin Dzeko and other heavy-wage players could be traded out consistently lowering the expenses of the club. Reportedly, the Bosnian star earns about €4.5m/y but even Pastore (€3.5m/y), NZonzi (€3.1m/y), Perotti (€2.8m/y) and De Rossi (€3m/y) could be leaving the club in the next few months. By saving on that front and purchasing younger talents, the club could afford Conte opening a new cycle with a top level coach.
His tactical approach and motivational skills
Sarri is a great coach and his football is a delicious gift that satisfies all tastes. But sometimes in football, this is not enough to bring serenity in difficult environments like that of Rome. Conte, instead, is a manager at 360 degrees, a professional able to push their players beyond their tactical and physical limits. His sporting endeavors with Juventus are well-known but his masterpiece with the Italian national team in 2016 seems to be even more relevant. In that competition, Conte and his group have been able to eliminate Spain to then lose at the ninth penalty kick against super-powerful Germany. All his sports achievements were based on relevant motivational factors that enriched his players’ performance. This is exactly what the Roma players need.
Roma should sign Conte instead of Sarri to change chapter and write a new book that could become a global success.