Roma hit back at 'fanciful' Totti claims following club legend's exit

New Inter coach Antonio Conte

New Inter coach Antonio Conte

I was never allowed to participate, they called me in to I think 10 meetings over two years.

"At 12:41pm on June 17, 2019, I sent an email. which was for me unimaginable: I handed in my resignation", Totti said.

The club issued a statement later on Monday disputing Totti's claims and said they'd offered him a defined role but he had not given them an answer.

Roma's former captain and record goalscorer Francesco Totti left his job in the management team on Monday, bitterly complaining that the club's US owner had never given him a proper role.

"I never had the chance to work on the technical area with Roma". They kept me out of everything.

Francesco Totti says leaving Roma after 30 years is "like dying" after he resigned from his role as a director at the Serie A club.

Roma officially appointed former Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca last week, leading Totti to accuse the club of never consulting him on key decisions. I said the only one who can transform Roma right now is Antonio Conte.

His departure follows that of former teammate Daniele de Rossi, the Serie A side deciding not to renew the midfielder's contract after 18 years at the club.

Pallotta was unsure why Totti decided against attending but insisted he would be given "time", and now the two parties have separated.

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"Antonio was going to come here and revolutionise everything but he wanted consistency".

Tensions are said to have become particularly strained between Totti and club owner Jim Pallotta since March, when Monchi quit as sporting director and coach Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked.

"I don't know what is being said and by whom, because I've given up reading most of the media, but I believe Francesco already has great influence on our decision making".

But the 42-year-old has stepped down from his role, criticising the club's hierarchy for ignoring his input, with the decision to hand the vacant manager's job to former Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca ahead of Totti's former global teammate Gennaro Gattuso believed to be a particularly sore point.

Roma finished sixth last season and missed out a Champions League place.

"In the first year, that can happen".

Roma has also been struggling to build a new stadium.

Roma's greatest ever player took on a role upstairs after hanging up his boots in 2017 but it has not gone to plan and in a press conference today, "Il Capitano" slammed management within the club.

"I will now take other paths".

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