Dan Friedkin's takeover of AS Roma is expected to become official as soon as August 17th, at which point the Giallorossi will officially begin the latest chapter in their nine decade history. Whether that chapter will include large scale sweeping changes to the organization remains to be seen, but as we've cautioned all along, when someone pays €591 million to purchase a football club, we can't rule anything out; a new boss means a new vision, which may also mean wholesale changes to Roma's football and business operations.
In addition to being a solid and responsive football coach, Paulo Fonseca is an intelligent and affable man. He speaks multiple languages, has the respect and command of the locker room and is easily one of the best dressed managers in Italy. One thing he is not, however, is a Friedkin hire.
If Paulo Fonseca is replaced as Roma manager, it will be through no fault of his own, but one can't help but notice that the Mauricio Pochettino to Roma rumors are picking up steam as we head towards that August 17th takeover date. Pochettino, who has managed with Espanyol and Southampton in the past, hit his stride with Spurs, leading the London-based club to a runner's up medal in the 2018-2019 Champions League but has been out of work since last November.
Of course, if Roma do change managers they'll need to hire a new Director of Sport first, someone who can work hand in hand with Pochettino to guide Roma's latest project. And according to multiple outlets, Roma are eyeing Barcelona's Ramon Planes, who is currently Barca DS Eric Abidal's right hand man; Planes also worked Pochettino at Spurs during the 2014-2015 season and could arrive in Rome even if Pochettino does not.