BOLOGNA – When Bologna decided to exempt Sinisa MIhajlovicthe first name that circulated in Casteldebole was that of Roberto De Zerbi. A profile that made everyone agree, CEO Fenucci and Di Vaio, Sartori and even the owner Saputo. At that point the contact started, but the response was surprising. for everyone: “I would like to, but I can’t do it, after Sinisa”.
De Zerbi, no to Bologna for Mihajlovic
An answer that left everyone amazed. So much so as to suggest a stance out of friendship between the two coaches. In reality, there is no particular link between De Zerbi and Mihajlovic: the two barely know each other, they are not friends, they have not dated. Only, the former Sassuolo coach made a “human” choice. But for him indispensable. The same one who, in February, when the conflict broke out in Ukraine where he trained Shakhtar, convinced him to tell his collaborators: “I’m staying here, I don’t abandon my players”, staying days in a hotel in Kiev with guards armed inside and bombs outside.
The false insinuations: there are no other clubs
This time De Zerbi has decided that he didn’t feel like replacing a coach who is fighting a much more important battle than a football match: the one against leukemia. A position taken without making judgments of merit, without wanting to send messages or examples. Just to be at peace with himself. Nor, as some have suggested, because it was tempted by other teams. To date, the only club to have sought De Zerbi was Bologna. Fascinating city, interesting team, even if back from sad years. In short, the classic stimulating project. But there are conditions that, for some, cannot be accepted.