Cosmi - Roma dream over
By Lorenzo Zacchetti. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
PERUGIA coach Serse Cosmi has exclusively told planetfootball.com that his chances of taking over at Roma are over, after the meeting between president Franco Sensi and coach Fabio Capello.
The two agreed on the necessity of strengthening the team with four new players, claiming there will be no change at the helm of the Giallorossi.
Cosmi, who always admitted being a Roma fan, feels like his dream is shattered.
"I am quite sure I will not coach Roma, because such big clubs act without courage," he told planetfootball.com.
"When they play you, they always say they appreciate your team's organisation, but when it comes to making a choice for the future, they turn to a different way of thinking.
"I am sorry to say that clubs do not judge you only for the results you get. It has not only happened to me, but also to Chievo's Luigi Del Neri and Bologna's Francesco Guidolin, who have been doing very well in the last seasons.
"It's always getting harder for people like us to take a chance at a bigger club."
Perugia president Luciano Gaucci said he would let Cosmi go to Roma for free if he qualified for Europe, but now they only have a seven-point advantage on the teams in the relegation zone.
"I never talked about Europe, as I think our current situation in the league is already very satisfying," he added.
"We are also in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia for the first time in our history and, if we beat Milan, we could achieve something nobody expected.
"At the end of the season, I will meet the president and we will analyse the season and discuss our future.
"Coaching Roma would have been a dream, but there are many other big clubs in Italy. As long as I coach Perugia, I always have the chance of taking my revenge when big clubs come to play on our field!"
Cosmi also said he feels he was useful for revealing Italy's new star Fabrizio Miccoli.
"I think he should remember this season with us as something very important for the remainder of his career," Cosmi insisted.
"Not only me, but the whole technical staff worked really well with him and now I wish him success for his next year with Juventus. Jumping from us to a big club, like Fabrizio Liverani and Davide Baiocco did before him, is not easy, because you're out to prove your value at international level.
"Anyway, I believe he has the skills to succeed."