Totti bids farewell to Roma

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The former Roma captain Francesco Totti says he is leaving his position within the club’s management because his views are not taken into consideration.

While he was a technical director, Totti says he “never had the chance to express myself” in decisions about the hiring and firing of coaches and moves in the player transfer market.

Speaking at a news conference at the Italian Olympic Committee, Totti said: “It’s a day that I hoped never would have come.”

While Totti – who joined the Rome club in 1989 – had preferred Gennaro Gattuso, his Italy teammate on the squad that won the 2006 World Cup, Paulo Fonseca from Shakhtar Donetsk was hired as Roma coach last week.

The 42-year-old Totti retired from playing two years ago after 25 seasons with his hometown club. He led Roma to theirs last Serie A title in 2001.