At The CrossroadsBy: cathal | September 3rd, 2009
Skirting around the controversial issues is something I openly admit to doing. The last four to five months have been challenging for each and every one of us and if calcio can be draining, I am empty. From Pandev to Ledesma to De Silvestri to Lotito to Firmani; the list is endless and although you understand that everything has limits and must end, you begin to wonder how long this can rumble on for. It is with the latter that I feel the need to break my silence. Fabio is a semi-decent footballer and a great guy and like many this summer, he has been left a bit confused and bewildered but that is not the point. The fact of the matter is, when Fabio (or in this instance, his agent) speaks up, I take notice.
Lazio needs to dig itself a hole, bury itself in it for a week and have a good think about the future. I have been careful with my words here for a reason; I do believe the problem is ‘Lazio’ and not the president, the coach, the players, the fans or any other branch for that matter. None of us are faultless, admittedly, some are at fault more than others but the responsibility is there to be shared. We can point fingers at each other, we can stand at a crossroads and take different paths but at the end of the day, it is the club that will suffer.
I cannot understand how our president spends three months tracking defenders and manages to miss out on Miranda, Rever, Canini, Valdez and whoever else was on that shortlist. I cannot understand how a sporting director (Tare) can pull of a tremendous, big-name signing like Cruz and yet fail spectacularly with many other candidates. I cannot understand how some of our players did not have the decency or sense to sit down with Lotito and request to leave. Rozehnal’s departure was amicable so you do have to wonder about the rest. That cost the club millions, it cost the players months of their careers and it put prospective buyers off. I cannot understand how some people can’t just let go of Lollo; a symbol has to merit it’s worth and he was showing little signs of doing so. To be honest, there are many factors I cannot make sense of. On the contrary, there are many controversies I tend to agree with but that means nothing. Controversies is not something I want to see or hear. Enough is enough.
I read the full statement from Fabio’s agent and it drags on for what seems like forever but it can be summarised in the space of a sentence; he just wants to know what the fuck is going on. It’s not often I resort to profanity but right now, we need answers and we are not getting them and if a harsh word or two helps the cause, so be it; but I suspect it won’t. Forza Lazio!