Zeman confirms Roma chance
Veteran Czech coach keen to seize Giallorossi opportunity
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: July 4, 2012 2:45pm
Zdenek Zeman: Admits Roma appointment is his last chance
New Roma coach Zdenek Zeman admits this is his last chance to achieve something special in the game.
The 65-year-old has been appointed as Luis Enrique's successor at Roma after winning promotion to Serie A with Pescara.
The Czech coach enjoys cult status in Italy due to his attacking philosophy but he has no major honours to show for his lengthy career despite spells with Lazio, Napoli and a previous stint at Roma.
And he is aware this is an opportunity that was just too good to turn down.
"I have agreed with Roma that I am going to manage the team next season," Zeman told a press conference. "I'm not a child and this is my last chance.
"I have already worked there but unfortunately I didn't achieve what I wanted to do.
"This is my last chance to do something big with an important team - a big team with big ambitions.
"I'm also here to thank Pescara," he added. "The club allowed me to have this big season thanks to their huge enthusiasm and hard work.
"Will Roma be like Pescara? Maybe. I hope to be able to repeat what I did here.
"It's not a betrayal. I had a one-year deal and I'm a free agent. Pescara will always be in my heart."