Riceviamo e volentieri pubblichiamo da parte del collega Gimmy Tranquillo di ControRadio. La lettera è scritta in inglese, ma vi abbiamo tradotto le parti salienti in italiano: sono le parti che trovate tra parentesi.
An Open Letter to Mister Commisso, ACF Fiorentina new Owner.
Dear Mr. Rocco,
I’m a Florentine journalist that like you is from Calabria, but also like you I’m an American Citizen that lived and worked in The United States, because of that, I share with you a calabrese heart but also I understand the way of doing business of a well-established American entrepreneur as you are.
Controradio, the FM radio station for which I work, is one of the best, well respected and historic independent radio stations in Florence. We were not big, until now, in covering soccer news, but I was at your first press conference at the Franchi Stadium few weeks ago, and I can assure that because of your presence and from now on, we will not miss any actions that you will do to bring the Viola to the top of the European Soccer Apex.
Even though I know, that as an American businessman, you will follow only your heart and intuition to run the Fiorentina, I would respectfully like to steal a second from you to mention about one of the executives of the previous management of the company.
His name is Sandro Mencucci and he was the ACF Fiorentina CEO from 2002 to 2015 bringing the team from the c2 series to the A series, implementing the “fair play culture” that made Fiorentina a model club for the Italian League and for the world.
(Anche se so che in quanto uomo d’affari americano, seguirà solamente il suo cuore e il suo intuito per dirigere la Fiorentina, vorrei rispettosamente rubarle un secondo per menzionarle uno dei dirigenti della vecchia proprietà. Il suo nome è Sandro Mencucci che è stato amministratore delegato dell’ACF dal 2002 al 2015, contribuendo a portare la squadra dalla C2 alla Serie A, implementando la cultura del fair play che ha fatto della Fiorentina un modello per tutto il mondo calcistico italiano e per la Serie A)
I’m positive that you already know about Sandro Mencucci, what I would like to talk about is what I witnessed since I’ve been back in Italy. In 2015, Mencucci got removed from his CEO position, unfairly according to some of my local sport colleagues, and got nominated President of the Fiorentina Women’s, because of the poor importance that the female soccer had in Italy at the time, that would have been a big blow for anyone, but not for Mencucci.
With humility and hard work Sandro Mencucci put his soul in the team and got great results getting the national championship in 2016-17, but not only that, the success and the press attention that the Fiorentina Women’s got, influenced other famous soccer teams like Juventus, Milan and Lazio to create their own female soccer teams, projecting the Italian women’s sport internationally.
(Mencucci è stato rimosso dalla sua posizione, ingiustamente, secondo alcuni mie colleghi, e nominato poi presidente della Fiorentina Women’s, un ruolo secondario a causa della scarsa importanza che riveste ancora il calcio femminile in Italia. Con umiltà e duro lavoro, Mencucci ci ha messo l’anima nella squadra e ha ottenuto grandi risultati a livello nazionale, compreso lo scudetto nella stagione 2016/17…)
But most importantly, Sandro Mencucci was the only born and raised Florentine in the ACF Fiorentina executive team, beloved by the players, male and female and by the people of the city of Florence.
(Ma più di tutto, Mencucci era l’unico personaggio nato e cresciuto a Firenze nella dirigenza della Fiorentina, ben voluto da giocatori e giocatrici e dalla gente di Firenze)
Reinstalling him will raise your popularity among the Florentines and it will be consistent with that beautiful phrase that you said in your first press conference “In vita mia non ho mai licenziato nessuno. Io sono qua per imparare, non per comandare”.
That phrase, Mr. Rocco, made me believe that something very special was about to happened in the Fiorentina team.
With all the respect that a Calabrese can have for another Calabrese, I send you my best wishes and look forward to seeing you at your next press conference.
Gimmy Tranquillo of Controradio Firenze