Collecchio, 13 September 2023 - The words of Managing Director of Sport, Roel Vaeyens, during an interview with journalists in the press room of the Mutti Training Center in Collecchio.
THE WORK OF OUR TEAM: ALWAYS GIVE OUR MOST
“What I thought before arriving has been confirmed. I watched many games, not just Parma, but with many clubs; it is a very difficult league, each game is closed and evenly balanced and there isn’t much difference in the results of the teams at the top of the table and at the bottom. Some of the clubs considered favourites for promotion to Serie A have had a difficult start, and in Serie B it isn’t possible for anyone to have an easy season, or to get the results that they set out to achieve. What interests me is Parma Calcio, not the other squads: it’ll be important for us to be completely focused on each game. Otherwise, we risk to lose. First of all, Fabio Pecchia has stated that he is happy with the work done in the transfer window. It was a team effort and not the work of a single person: not me, not Pecchia and not Pederzol, but also of the scouting team. It started with analysis, which I took part in alongside the technical staff, and we picked out positions where we needed reinforcements, after which, we spoke with the scouting team. The technical staff were involved at every stage of the process, and every player that has arrived was approved by them. I am very happy with everyone’s work, from the scouting phase to the negotiations, and the Coach is happy with the new arrivals. Until now we have done everything that we decided to do in June, a week after the end of last season that ended with the disappointment against Cagliari. A manager always asks for more, especially if his goal is promotion, and it isn’t a problem. We spoke about it internally, so there are no problems. Two things to consider. The first: each player at our club must always see if there are opportunities out there. The second, however, is that I am happy with our roster, it is great and has everything we need to reach the goals that we have set; that being said, there are no guarantees, the season is still a very long one'.
“It wasn’t a diplomatic response, I am an open and transparent person. At the end of the day, it is true that someone must make a decision, as with all associations, or at the centre of the government. My intention is to take everything into account before making a decision, then maybe the scouting team suggests players, and then it is discussed with the medical team and technical staff. These conversations happen weekly, we identify a position, we identify those who could fill that position. Thus, all together, including Mauro (Pederzoli) and the Coach, we speak and we assess. Then it is also true that the Coach also makes requests because it is part of his job to always ask for more. But whatever decision is made is the result of internal discussions, also during the transfer window. I played an active role, staying in contact with the scouting department, the technical staff, Mauro and, of course, the president. The intention is to come to a consensus, then obviously the agreement is unanimous on all the decisions we make. Today we are happy with the decisions we have made because this consensus has been there. As I said before, the week following the game against Cagliari, we met with the Coach and Mauro and we evaluated the season gone, asking ourselves what we needed for the new season. Everyone’s intentions must be to improve on what has been done. In this meeting, everyone brought forward information and we then later had a meeting with the president, and there we laid out on the table everything we thought was necessary for this season. As I said before, guarantees don't exist in football. The only thing I guarantee is to work closely with the team, respecting the history and reality of Parma. With the objective to create a more sustainable company. It is clear that the squad is better than this time last year. We did it within the budget that we gave ourselves, without compromising on quality”.