|Desc||Neapolitan striker Vincenzo Montella netted 13 crucial goals in 2000-01 and returned to Roma last season after stints at Fulham and Sampdoria. He announced his retirement last July to begin his coaching career in charge of one of Roma’s youth teams|
|Org||Italy National Team|
|Club as Coach||Fiorentina FC|
|Club as Player||As Roma|
2017 07 29 Retrieve
[Vincenzo Montella talks about the pursuit of trying to sign Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus] I was convinced it was achievable, I trusted who told me, while my leaders had a different perception. I sent [sporting director Massimo] Mirabelli at least ten messages a day, with only three words: ‘Good morning, or good night, director: Bonucci’
2017 09 24 Retrieve
[Montella insists AC Milan project should not be written off] We didn’t like the performance. We were insufficient both in determination and quality. We were still in the game even if Samp had several chances in the first half, but we didn’t have mental clarity and we have to figure out why
Nobody put in a good performance. We are still a work in progress. We’ve got a lot of talent in the side, so more work is needed going forward. This is not a project that can be written off already. I was disappointed by the performance and we need to work out why it happened. We were psychologically running on empty. Perhaps, for some, the third game in seven days was a problem, but we need to analyse the situation
2017 10 18 Retrieve
[Under-fire Montella willing to accept ‘exaggerated’ Milan criticism] When things go wrong it’s everyone’s fault, we have to accept the criticism, even when it’s exaggerated. The club made choices for the here and now, but above all for the future. Everything is going to plan aside from a few defeats, which I take responsibility for, but if they hadn’t happened we’d be talking about a balanced situation
I see a higher quality of play all the time, it takes time to do these things and that’s proving to be the case. We have players who can and must grow, it’s a good base to build from
2017 10 20 Retrieve
[Montella urges fans to back struggling Milan players rather than jeer them] I think the disappointment and sense of irritation in the stadium was felt by the team and it was due to the three Serie A defeats rather than the performance itself. We created many chances and didn’t finish them off against a good side.
I urge the fans and the club to stand by us and above all these players, who need to be embraced more than jeered during this difficult time
I see the lads want to do more, they want to prove they belong at Milan and that is creating a psychological block. It is my job to unblock it.
It is a growth process and I am convinced we will get there because most of these players have never worn a jersey like this before and the situation is making them struggle to express themselves
2017 11 19 Retrieve
[Vincenzo Montella claimed the most difficult part of the season is behind AC Milan after his side were beaten 2-1 at leaders Napoli in Serie A on Saturday] I thank the club for giving me this support and confidence. I struggle to look at the table, but from now on we’ll have a simpler fixture list and hopefully this type of performance will see us in good stead.
Our last two defeats were against Juventus and Napoli, so of course they are ahead of us, but despite the results, we were in the games. We showed character, we are growing and it’s a growth process.
As I said, I am proud of the performances against Napoli, Juve, Roma and Inter [four defeats from four], because to get to their level we need patience.
We play every three days, so there is not much time to train. We need results straight away and there is work to be done. We must be more clinical in the final third and have the goalmouth in our minds
We weren’t incisive enough in the final third, but we caused Napoli a lot of problems. I am happy with the performance, the same amount as the anger I feel at losing when playing so well.
I praise the performance, as we showed great character and our passing moves were improving too. When you lose badly, it’s upsetting, and when you lose and deserved more, then that’s upsetting too.
Napoli have so much quality in attack and so many options to combine that if you get pinned back, you do risk conceding a goal. I preferred to attack them, as five in defence would have been too negative. I took a gamble. We also lost Suso before half-time and that forced more changes.
I am truly optimistic, I don’t know why. I feel we have already overcome the worst period of our season - and I see those in front going at a pace they cannot possibly maintain.
2017 11 27 Retrieve
[Sacked Montella hopes Gattuso fares better at AC Milan] Coaching Milan was an honour, working with this group even more so. I thank the fans for their support, [managing director Marco] Fassone and [sporting director Massimiliano] Mirabelli for this opportunity and my staff for supporting me throughout. I hope Rino [Gattuso] takes Milan back where they belong
2017 11 28 Retrieve
[Vincenzo Montella was surprised by AC Milan’s decision to sack him and suspects it was a move instigated by the club’s owners rather than the directors] I was calm and I didn’t suspect anything, I swear. I was ready for training as always, on a normal day like any other.
The timing [surprised me most] – there were other times where it would have been more plausible. This time the team was giving answers, both technically and in terms of temperament
When I arrived at Milanello [Milan’s training base], I was greeted by [Giuseppe] Mangiarano, our secretary general, who came with me to see the [sporting] director. Then [Massimiliano] Mirabelli told me they’d made the decision in the night. I think it was a choice made more by the owners than by the directors.
The players greeted me with great affection. I don’t like goodbyes and it was certainly a bad thing, but everyone - and I mean everyone - was affectionate. Even [Riccardo] Montolivo, who had been out [of the team] for some time, and [Gabriel] Paletta, who, like some others, hadn’t played much [were affectionate].
[Ultimately, Montella believes he has fallen victim to an increase in expectations] The expectations were raised too high. As Milan coach I won 33 games out of 64 [matches], so 50 per cent between the league and the cups. After that I certainly remember the win in the Supercoppa Italiana, the return to Europe and finishing first in the group to go through. These were results Milan had been missing for several years and we all shared in them. There’s no culprit, though. In fact, the group is to be defended because there are no slackers, everyone wanted to grow and follow me
2019 06 15 Retrieve
[Montella confirmed as Fiorentina’s head coach] I’m very happy. I met Rocco Commisso for the first time in person and his enthusiasm exceeded all my expectations. He conveys a lot of positivity and I’m sure this feeling will spread through to everyone, the team and the fans. Now I can’t wait to not only start the season but also get to work and try to give the new owners and Fiorentina fans the satisfaction they deserve.