People say that Udinese and those who pass from there get a football ISO quality. The Udinese scouting network is so extensive and demanding to the last detail that it not possible for the ones qualified to enter through the Friuli gates, not to be sufficient for the upper level. Scouting is not taking place only for the players but also for the managers as well. And the case of Andrea Stromaccioni totally confirms that. Thus for what he saw, before hiring him, and what he lived during the cooperation with the Italian talks to SDNA the number 2 of Udinese (only second to Gino Pozzo) the Director of Football Cristiano Giaretta.
- What did you see in Stramaccioni before assign him as the Udinese manager?
"His skills were no secret. He had shown work in the Primavera with Inter, at ages that is always of great interest to us, but had stood very well in his first attempt managing a professional team, during a hard, a very difficult to be precise era for Inter. His profile fit perfectly, we hunted him and we agreed. "
- What distinguishes him as a manager?
"He is serious, in his every action, in his every move. He works a lot, with an odd for his age and experience, orderliness and pedantry; on the pitch, in the training, during preparation for the games in scouting the opponents. He focuses much on the individual improvement of his players and because of his experience with the young age teams he puts a strong effort in this area. "
- Yes, but he didn’t do well for Udinese.
"This has not to do only with Andrea. Everybody in the club we have to say and remember the best by his presence here. The truth is that he took over in a transitional period for Udinese, with several changes in both inside and outside the field. He tried as much as he could, he gave everything he had for the team, but at the end of the season (2014-15) it was obvious that we needed, all of us, a change. I repeat, however, that in no case we blame him, on the contrary ".
- Were you surprised by his decision to come to Greece?
"Not at all. I know firsthand that he aims at the top and will do anything to get there. Since there was not any prospect for him in Italy, he did very well to accept the proposal from Panathinaikos. It is a team respected in Europe, always with a leading role in Greece and certainly Andrea has everything to gain from undertaking the technical leadership of the team. "
- Will Panathinaikos succed?
"Be confident! I told you, he is very serious, very ambitious manager. He is not going to think about anything other than how to get to the top. From such a professional, with such mentality, definitely the club will gain a lot. So I completely understand the choice of Panathinaikos. It's a win-win situation for both sides. "
- What should we expect by Stramaccioni? In terms of tactics, relationships with players, the fans, the media.
"The first one, I cannot answer. I don’t know how Andrea thinks and acts, what staff he will have to manage and how to adapt. The only thing sure is that he will give you the best, the most modern football and in training and in the games. As for his relations, everything included in the word seriousness. That is how he approaches everybody, the players, the fans and the media. Introduces, operates and acts always according to his job. And indeed, as I said, the fact that everyone in Udinese has only good things to say about Andrea, after a really difficult year, is indicative. "