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Innocentin exclusive: Why Roma failure will help Monchi's career

Monchi arrived at Roma as "Mr. Kingmaker", but he ended with what could be called a real escape…

Ramòn has returned to Seville, his home, where he can be himself and where he feels safe from criticism, pressure - expectations at this point are clearly too high compared to his real abilities.

At least the ability to adapt to a different reality than the one he was used to.

Monchi left Roma talking about disagreements with chairman James Pallotta (perhaps with Franco Baldini, the president's right hand man?).

But his Sevilla was waiting for him. Some good operations, but also real disasters (like the operations Steven Nzonzi and Javier Pastore, with the Argentine taken instead of Hakim Ziyech), the enormous expense for players who have given little or nothing to the cause, like Rick Karsdorp and Patrik Schick (€42 million).

We talked about Monchi with prominent agent Nicola Innocentin, who told "Roma has never been an easy 'square' for coaches or 'DS'.

"It is the capital of Italy and the fans would like Rome to become also the capital of Italian football and this means that there is so much pressure from the experts right from the first moment.

"I have known Monchi since the times of Sevilla, having taken care of the transfer of their captain Coke to Schalke 04. He is a very competent and passionate DS (sporting director) who unlike others loves to share his emotions with his club fans and to do so he uses social media a lot.

"Perhaps in Rome it came at a particularly difficult time because (Walter) Sabatini, another DS for whom I have both personal and professional esteem, had certainly left behind a heavy legacy of great insights that over time had created a very competitive squad."

So it was not just Monchi's fault, did his failure also depend on the environmental difficulties of the Romanista environment? It may be a version of events, although the Spanish sporting director was able to make several choices in total freedom.

Innocentin added: "From the financial point of view Monchi in Rome has created some important capital gains but in football it is known that the presidents would like to have both the 'barrel' full and the 'wife' drunk - this union does not always succeed.

"It must surely be said that to the disadvantage of Monchi they played some important factors, that is the decidedly subdued performance of some players who could have given more (Pastore and Nzonzi above all) and the non-arrival of Malcolm who turned his back at the last moment to the Giallorossi. With Malcolm, Roma would have had a very important piece in the attacking department."

Malcom's non-arrival caused Roma many problems of image. It was not Monchi's fault, of course, it is clear, but the fact that the Spanish director took Nzonzi once the Brazilian was lost, changing his target, remains.

What remains of Monchi from the Roman experience? Will he be able to use it in the future, now that he has returned to Sevilla? At Rome he left beautiful things and decidedly less beautiful things, but what did he learn?

Innocentin explained: "Certainly for Monchi the Italian experience was very important because only by working in a country other than one's own can one really understand so many things that it is difficult to perceive from afar.

"For this reason I believe that (Ricky) Massara is the right man for the future of Rome.

"A new foreign Technical Director, in this situation, would bring about the umpteenth change that in some ways can be positive but that would hardly bring benefits in the short term unless there are radical and mass changes."

After his farewell, Pallotta chose to put aside the idea of the sports director. Things went wrong with both Sabatini and Monchi, a sign that the president of Roma was not fully satisfied with his work.

One thing is certain: Monchi is a very particular figure, his method is famous and he also wrote a book about it. Now Roma and the Romanists know this well.

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