Roma hires a former Benfica director for its new ambitious project

Roma hires a former Benfica director for its new ambitious project

In the era of James Pallotta as the owner of Roma, the club tried to take a step forward by hiring Sevilla's famed sporting director Monchi. Yet, the logical idea failed gloriously. Now, the new also American owners have a similar attempt as Ryan and Dan Friedkin have hired former Benfica director Tiago Pinto.

Pinto was officially a team manager at Benfica but dealing not with the football team, but all sections of the club across sports. In a movie-like fashion, he was offered a job by Benfica after impressing them with his comments during a general assembly meeting.

At the start of this year he signed a contract to be Roma's general manager. A title that is not common in Europe and is only common in the United States. So the owners' touch is visible there.

The 36-year-old Pinto explained how he decided to take on a new role. 

"It was not easy to leave Benfica, you all know how much I love the club. Dan and Ryan Friedkin explained me what they want to build here. I’ve understood I could play a key role in the development of the club and make the team more competitive," started the Portuguese.

Pinto mentions that Giallorossi can't expect a sudden change and reminded everyone of projects like Malaga that failed despite receiving huge investments.

"This is a medium-to-long term project and sustainability is crucial to gain victories in football, but nobody can predict when we will win. There are clubs who have invested a lot, but haven’t won much, we are working every day to make Roma more competitive, we need to be united and we’ll reach our targets all together."

When asked about the club's transfer strategy, Pinto stated that he and his compatriot in the dugout Paulo Fonseca see eye to eye.

"We have no language barriers with Fonseca. We are working together to find the best solutions. We want to keep hold of our best players as long as possible. We want to make them develop and keep them for as much time as we can and be competitive. Fonseca is the fifth coach I’m working with, I know him very well. I identify myself in his ideas, an offensive and dynamic football. His ideas are the right ones for this club."

Tiago Pinto revealed Roma won’t hire a new sporting director as that is the role that falls within the umbrella of his duties.

"I will oversee transfer negotiations with Dan and Ryan Friedkin, I am here to develop Roma. Nobody else will arrive, I am in charge of the sporting area and I will oversee it with Dan and Ryan, I am here to work with those who are here already. I want to be helpful. It will be crucial to have a solid scouting department, it will be important to have a database that will help us make the best decisions."


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