De Rossi: ‘I’d walk to Fiorentina!’

Daniele De Rossi admits he’d ‘walk’ to become coach of Fiorentina, is excited to see Andrea Pirlo lead Juventus and admires the way Dan Friedkin has approached Roma.

The now retired midfielder is eager to get his management career off the ground and has been linked with a role within the Roma youth academy, especially as his father Alberto has been the Primavera coach for many years.

“I have joined an agency that deals with players and coaches, but this is just my way of getting into this profession,” De Rossi told reporters at an awards ceremony.

He had been linked with the Fiorentina bench, but would not have been allowed to work there without certification.

“I am very close to getting my coaching badges and hope to get an opportunity as soon as I can. In that sense, Fiorentina is a huge club and I’d gladly walk there to accept that job. Any Serie A club would already be a strong start, these are the objectives any coach wants.”

Nobody has started higher up than Pirlo, whose first role in management is Scudetto holders Juventus.

“Pirlo was a phenomenon as a player and will have a lot of pressure on him for his first job, as Juventus are demanding, but if they needed someone with a strong character, they’ve found the right man,” added De Rossi.

“Over the years, I’ve seen coaches who I genuinely didn’t expect to do anything and they achieved great results, but also vice versa. For example, I never expected Simone Inzaghi or Rino Gattuso to become such good coaches.”

A return to Roma would be the ideal for De Rossi, especially as now President James Pallotta has left and handed over the ownership of the club to the Friedkin Group.

There are reports Francesco Totti could also come back to the Stadio Olimpico as a technical director.

“Roma will have their journey, I will have mine,” replied DDR. “Any word I say on Roma will make a big impression, so I must show respect to those working there.

“I spoke to Totti a couple of days ago, but we didn’t talk about football. Of course I miss Roma, that’s inevitable after such a long rapport full of love and passion that really moulded me.

“I don’t feel it’s fair of me to give advice to Friedkin either, but from what I’ve heard from him, it’s a good strategy to keep everyone’s feet on the ground. Making promises to fire up the fans and then not maintaining them would be a huge error.”

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