Report: Unai Emery agrees to take over from Luciano Spalletti at Roma

Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) Unai Emery has already reached an agreement with Roma. He has agreed a three-year contract in principle with Monchi. He is the coach that the Giallorossi have chosen, if Spalletti keeps to his word and leaves the team following the last of their six remaining games in the league, in which they are currently second place. The Tuscan coach is said to have already confirmed his irreversible decision to some of the players.


The agreement reached between Monchi (with Baldini’s backing) and Emery is dependent on the Spanish coach leaving Paris Saint-Germain, but the coach has made it known that his experience in Paris could be coming to its end. The French club are currently neck and neck with Monaco as they compete for the title, and Emery is focused on the final few games, preferring to decide his future in a few weeks.

Emery has nonetheless told Monchi that he is available, and there is an understanding between the two following their years of success together at Sevilla. The new sporting director has received signals from Paris, Emery could leave even if he were to win the title. Roma are very keen to appoint the Spaniard and Pallotta is open to giving him a considerable wage, more than what Spalletti is currently earning, for three years. The president wants a coach of the highest quality to make Roma competitive, and told Baldini and Monchi as much during their meeting in London a few weeks ago.

In Paris, the club’s owners are preparing major changes which may not just affect the coach. Results up to now haven’t matched either expectations or the investments they have made. Consequently, there could be a complete upheaval at the end of the season. Roberto Mancini, who has received the same signals as Monchi about the change of coach, could end up on the Paris Saint-Germain bench.

Emery is without a shadow of a doubt Roma’s first choice, the name upon which all of the Giallorossi directors are agreed. Because other than Monchi and Baldini, the ‘Roman’ heart of the club, Baldissoni and Gandini, must also approve the new coach’s appointment. Roma’s strategy is clear: although they have obtained Emery’s agreement, the absolute priority (the Giallorossi have pursued the Spaniard in the past, and he was the alternative choice to Garcia 3 years ago), the club’s directors, without the absolute certainty that he will take charge, have also sounded out other coaches and asked how willing they are to wait.

Among those who have been sounded out are Sarri, who won’t leave Napoli, Gasperini, who made it absolutely clear that he won’t accept being second or third choice, Mancini, but not all the directors are agreed on him, Montella, who will stay at Milan, and Di Francesco, who has done almost everything he can with Sassuolo. We will have to wait and see what happens at Roma, who have also made contact with Blanc.

Monchi, meanwhile, will arrive in the capital next week. He needs to resolve a few administrative issues in Spain first, before he can begin a new chapter in his career. The sporting director has ideas and enthusiasm, and is convinced he can do a good job in Rome, and will do even better if he has a coach like Emery who he knows well working alongside him. Monchi is curious about the atmosphere of the derby della capitale, and wants to throw himself into his new world in order to understand the atmosphere in which he will be working. But he knows that the atmosphere in Rome is a very passionate one.


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