Congratulations, now let us tell you something about the A.S. Roma.
Dear Mr. Thomas DiBenedetto, first of all, we want to wish you the best of luck for your new adventure as President of A.S. Roma. We both know that today’s chronicle, these hours, will be remembered as a milestone in the history of Italian soccer. Mr. DiBenedetto, you, indeed, represent the first foreign entrepreneur to invest in our soccer league at the major level. Before talking about your future experience as the President of the A. S. Roma, allow us to thank the Sensi family who, along the last 12 years, has always been able to build a highly competitive team like last year when the giallorossi were running for the first place in the our league.
We must also dedicate a moment to revise the history of the A. S. Roma. In fact, looking back to the pages of the most recent past years, including the victory of the 2001 “Scudetto”, the conquering of the two Coppe Italia and the two Supercoppe in the last ten years, it’ll be easier for you to understand the strong tie between the giallorosso supporter and his team of the heart’s team. This close connection has always had a special value in Rome, in this city, where in hard times it came out the common feeling of passion, of belonging to the same family, of going back to our own roots. These values represented the synchrony between the President and the supporters. This is why, welcoming you and your partners, it’s absolutely necessary to spend a moment to describe people like Dino Viola and Franco Sensi, who worked to give a soul to A. S. Roma: enthusiasm and feelings together with an entrepreneur’s mentality. The sensibility in understanding the people’s thinking, their desires and expectations.
Thinking like supporters.
Too many times we heard that somebody had the call to the roots and there have been who was hiding behind that call as a shield– we’d have a lot to say about this… Showing off a faith that he never had or so mellow that nobody could feel it till the day that it was useful to show the mask of a lifetime supporter. This introduction allows us to give a stronger value to our wishes to you and your partners for a successful job.
It’s undeniable that the main reason of your arrival in the A. S. Roma is with the purpose of making an investment from which you can get your guaranteed profits. What you call in America “making business”. No doubt about this. But we hope, believe, that also for you as happened for Viola, Sensi and their predecessors – the relationship with the people will be based on transparency and honesty.
Transparency: this is the first thing that the supporters ask of you. Just to avoid misunderstandings. Your closest advisers, starting with Mr. Baldissoni (who, before having a professional and trustful relationship with you, was known in Rome like a fairly good ex futsal player), will show you the right way. Hopefully, they’ll help you to understand the peculiarity of this extraordinary field.
Starting this way, you’ll put the basics of a winning project, keeping on the same level your expectations from this investments and the giallorossi supporters’ desires.
Of course, the last ones have great hopes on your action.
The A.S. Roma is nowadays at the top of the Italian and international soccer scenery: a solid and steady growth. A unique start which will allow you, Mr. DiBenedetto, to reach your goals directly. Our hope and desire is that your knowledge as an entrepreneur and your professional experience will help you in this fantastic adventure of leading the A. S. Roma. We hope that this will be reflected in the honest relationship with the supporters, which has always been the a special aspect of the giallorossi people. An honest and effective dialogue: this is the first due step.
Indeed, the people of the A. S. Roma supporters, during the years, have always been close to those who has respected and involved them. This has given to the supporters the sensibility to understand and forgive the Presidents when they made mistakes, in good faith. This is the great wealth of the A. S. Roma: its people. That people that went through hard times with pride and dignity, under the deal of receiving respect and loyalty.
Mr. DiBenedetto, we are sure that these will be the characteristics of your behaviour as the President of the A. S. Roma. We are sure also that, waiting for the warrantees that you’ll give us during your first days as a President, all your efforts will be repaid by the people’s love and support.
PS: Our best wishes are extended to all your advisors who will go through this adventure at your side: starting with those who know better the Italian and Roman soccer reality.
We don’t know yet if you have in your staff also Montali and Prade’ ( it would be interesting see how he copes with more available money) or if there’s a new chapter with Baldini’s return to Roma and Sabatini’s arrival. There’s a gossip about this last one that says that he’s tied to the Samp and his arrival would be an unattended surprise.
We’ll see if there’s gonna be a coup de théâtre.
In any case, what counts is the transparency and the honesty also for your advisors.
These are skills that have a very high value in the supporters’ scale.
Allow us to say that nobody can make a deal on this.
Artikkelen er skrevet av Alessandro Vocalelli fra den italienske sportsavisen Corriere dello Sport