As a coach, I am more built than born.
I never wanted to do it.
And, honestly, I never thought I’d do it. I looked at other coaches and never wanted to go through what they did. That desire came later.
After hanging up my boots as a player, I became team manager at AS Roma. I did it for a year, but I didn’t enjoy the role. It didn’t feel right, so I left.
I didn’t think about football any more. Distanced myself from the game. I didn’t even look at the results.
Next, I tried my hand at consultancy for six months. Advising a small club, Val di Sangro, in the transfer market. But I wasn’t satisfied doing that, either.
Little by little, I started to miss the smell of the grass. Those feelings you get when you’re in the dressing room. Turning to coaching put me back in contact with those feelings.