Pallotta does Q&A with the club’s website

Roma president James Pallotta gave an interview to the club’s official website this afternoon as he was en-route to the United States. Here are the president’s words:

Did you enjoy being back in Rome?
It was great to see the players and catch with lots of others, I had been away way too long.

You love it in Rome, you should spend more time here.
I always would like to spend more time in Rome. There are so many places to still and to do some side trips. I hope late winter is the start of much longer visits.

What were you up to?
Most of the week I was tied up in meetings on football and commercial operations. I had a very enjoyable meeting with Prefect Gabrielli on Friday to end the week.

Did you enjoy the game on Wednesday?
I thought the team played well especially coming out for the second half. Obviously a little quieter atmosphere than expected but moving on in the Champions League was important for many reasons.

There were pictures of you and Totti.
I love Francesco. My big regret is that I didn’t get to see him player from a young man to today. He’s a humble superstar and I look forward to the next twenty years or so as he continues to be an important piece of Roma history.

Why do you walk everywhere in Rome?
Walking is the best way for me to get a sense of the city. Even more so in Rome because every ten feet you see something historical and it’s amazing.

You like talking to the people too.
The fans speak to me all day that I walk and you can’t help but feel that they are the most passionate and best in the world. It makes me want to succeed for them.

What do they tell you?
Of course the fans have opinions on the team. That’s their right and useful when constructive. The vast majority tell me to stay the course and thank you for trying to make Roma something to be proud of.

You never seem to hide from anything.
I believe in being open and transparent to a fault. I will take my chances on others being the same. If not, I prescribe to the singer Ian Hunter’s song called “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”.

The new Roma website isn’t like other clubs’ websites.
Exactly. I had no interest in building another “me too” sports website. We developed a strategy to build a platform for all Roma content as well as hopefully massive content from our fan base around the world. Roma fans might be the most creative I have ever met.

Do you get frustrated people act surprised you haven’t waved a magic wand and fixed everything in one go?
It’s my nature to want to change things quickly. I get frustrated at myself first and foremost when I think some things are slower than I want. But I have time to try to realize it takes time. I’m not very patient. And I hate to lose.

Are we going to see you in Rome more in 2016?
I will be spending much more time in Rome this coming year.

A message to the fans?
Support your players, they are good people.

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.