Urbi et Orbi

After seventeen years, the Sensi era is over. For many, it is the only presidency we have ever known consciously and thus the very definition of being kind of like a big deal. There is a lot to be said for those seventeen years, a near eternity in football, and it's impossible to encompass all the things we've seen in the time period. We can choose to recall the 90's in its entirety, and feel confused as conflicting images of Giannini and Balbo collide with memories of Stauto's receding hair line and raised studs flying into ill-advised tackles, or the dearth of Mazzone's football juxtaposed to Zeman's consequence-free approach; look back to the 2001 scudetto and smile; ponder the aftermath to that scudetto and shrug; reminisce the mini run of CL success under Spalletti with pride, or rue the complete lack of investment the team has seen for near two full years.

It's confusing and it's complicated to do that alone, and if we were to make a real effort at perusing all of those memories, we would be too worn out to be able to process what's actually happening now. And that is, that even though Rosella Sensi remains president of AS Roma, and a part of the triumvirate that is Newco Roma - new owner to AS Roma - her time is up. The real power lies elsewhere, with Zimatore (a year late, but more than a few things are valid) who's the unbiased guarantee that is supposed to give balance to Unicredit and Rosella Sensi's possibly conflicting wishes. As of late last night, Roma is for sale, and the work to find a credible buyer has begun. No more Fioranelli stories, no more mysteries like the one with George Soros; this will likely be a lot more straightforward and effective.

As events unfolded last night, I didn't expect to get caught up at all in the fervor of sentimentality. The Sensis were leaving and I, a long standing critic of their management, ended up sympathizing with Rosella a lot. But with just a few hours of distance, I realize there can be no regrets. Roma did better than perhaps should have been possible during this past decade, considering investments and payrolls of Roma compared to competitors. At the same time there has been an almost complete lack of investments into AS Roma under Rosella, for which I don't necessarily blame her, but I do claim the prerogative to not lament her time ending. Sentimentality in this context is almost futile; it's happening, and no amount of tears, be they of joy or of hurt, is changing that. All that can be done is hope for the best possible candidate to bring Roma forward, and move beyond what it is now. One pope is dead, another will come.