Much-coveted former sporting director of Sevilla, Ramón Rodriguez Verdejo, more commonly known as Monchi, has been hired by AS Roma to fill the same position.
The Italian capital-based Serie A club announced the move on Monday, confirming Monchi has signed a four-year contract with an option for a fifth.
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Monchi joins after a 27 year affiliation with Sevilla as player and sporting director. Since being named sporting director in 2000, the La Liga club became a major force in Europe, winning five Europa League/UEFA Cup titles and three Copas Del Rey. During his tenure, he brought in or discovered the likes of Frédéric Kanouté, Luis Fabiano, Jesús Navas, Sergio Ramos, José Antonio Reyes, Dani Alves and Ivan Rakitic, among others.
Monchi spoke of his excitement to join Roma in a statement.
“I would like to thank Roma president, Jim Pallotta, and the club’s executive team for giving me this opportunity. This is an exciting project and I look forward to serving the supporters, staff and players at this iconic club for many years to come,” – Monchi.
Pallotta expressed similar sentiments about the appointment.
“On behalf of myself and the entire AS Roma team, we welcome Monchi to our family and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship as we begin an exciting new era at the club. I couldn’t be happier with this appointment as Monchi is widely regarded as one of the best minds in world football.” – AS Roma president, Jim Pallotta.
Heading into their league fixture on Monday away to Pescara, Roma sit in second place in Serie A, 11 points behind Juventus with five rounds remaining. The Giallorossi have not won a Scudetto since the 2000/01 season and have not won a trophy since the 2007/08 Coppa Italia.