This time around, "Zemanlandia" lasted only six months at AS Roma.
After Zdenek Zeman's last stint in the late 90's won the hearts of neutrals across Italy for its cavalier approach and diabolically offensive nature, his second go at spearheading Roma into Europe proved just as unsuccessful as the first.
During Zeman's first tenure, high scorelines took preference over balanced squads and, most importantly, trophies!
The question now for Roma fans is simple—who can lead La Maggica to greater heights after a trophy-dry spell lasting five years. Luis Enrique's spell was short-lived last year, and his attempts of bringing in Spanish flair (Bojan Krkic, Jose Angel) failed miserably.
Zeman's problem dealt with his handling of the senatori of Roma. Even though Totti entered a rejuvenation machine under Zdenek, Daniele De Rossi found himself on the bench more often than not, prompting some serious questions from the Roma faithful.
These reasons plus highly volatile scorelines prompted the American owners to seek new direction. That direction, however, won't be seen until the summer—as newly appointed Aurelio Andreazzoli only has an interim position that will most likely relegate him back to the assistant ranks in a matter of months.
For a city that has a passion so embedded in its history, a coach who could lead Roma to their first Scudetto since 2001 would instantly enjoy cult status in the area. Right now the merry-go-round of coaching changes in Serie A seems to stir up teams for only a few weeks, until one bad result unfairly puts the new coach in a heap of doubt. (See Maurizio Zamparini and Palermo)..
The most sensible person to lead a revolution at Roma seems to be Alberto De Rossi, their Primavera coach.
Don't be surprised if that last name rings a bell, he is Daniele De Rossi's father. Never mind the fact that he bleeds the Roman colors through and through, Alberto has been widely applauded for his work in the Roma youth sector.
If they don't take this route, the pu-pu platter of journeyman coaches is available. Edoardo "Edy" Reja remains unemployed, along with Pasquale Marino and a host of others who never really established themselves in one particular organization.
However, former Roma mister Luciano Spalletti had rave reviews about current interim coach Aurelio Andreazzoli, saying that he should be given a chance and will integrate his famous 4-2-3-1 to perfection. (via ESPN FC).
For now, Andreazzoli has a few months to prove his worth and ward off the onslaught of fans calling for the appointment of a new coach. Until then, expect the removal of the always entertaining NFL-style kickoff at the beginning of matches, and perhaps a more serene defensive alternative.
Roma certainly has no problem on the quality front, as a slew of young talented players like Marquinhos, Erik Lamela and Mattia Destro look to be the future and present of the young Lupi.
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