Antonio Cincotta strongly rejects rumors he leaves Fiorentina
A week ago, Fiorentina Femminile ended their season with a 2-1 victory over San Marino. With a team that is in good health for the first time, Fiorentina finished the season with four straight wins and five out of their last six. Despite their warm finish, moving up to fourth place in the table, Fiorentina underperformed. The club has gone through a seismic change in recent years. One of the team’s main founders, Sandro Mencucci, had left two years previously and has since found success in helping bring back a renaissance Leeds United return to world prominence. Three of the greatest players the club have known have left this season: Alia Guagni (Atletico Madrid), Ilaria Mauro (Inter) and Alice Parisi (Sassuolo).
Serie A Femminile is a league that enjoys less loyalty to players due to the fact that women in Italy still cannot earn salaries and professional benefits and many clubs are now trying to find ways to supplement the remuneration. through various other approval agreements. Despite this change, there has been one person who has remained loyal to the Viola, through all of their ups and downs: coach Antonio Cincotta.
But now many are questioning his stay in Florence. Why? In his post-match interview at Empoli two weeks ago, Antonio spoke out against Italian national media which published lies about his relationship with Fiorentina and the prospects for his future. Numerous publications have published inside information putting Cincotta in Inter Milan interview for their work and other coaches in Florence interview for the work of Fiorentina. These would be the same publications that the owner of Fiorentina, Rocco Commisso, had denounced the day before.
“I’m very happy, the girls know that. Four weeks ago, many were playing the funeral march for Fiorentina, but I knew it wasn’t like that. The only problem was the many absences which led the team to train poorly. We got together, I avoided the words that came out [those publications] polluting the environment and we recovered the game, the ideas and the victories. Antonio spoke to his players and told them not to listen to the newspapers, that the stories published were all made up. They have to come out and play, play hard for the club.
I was able to speak with Antonio afterwards. Antonio made it clear to me that he strongly agreed with Rocco Commisso and the comments he made during his press conference. From our conversation, I was able to understand why the two men became more and more frustrated. Ultimately, the truth must be revealed, even if in a land of biased journalists, they must speak the truth themselves.
Rocco and Antonio always seemed to get along very well. It was Rocco who helped Antonio in his studies at Coverciano. Rocco has participated in almost as many women’s matches as men’s. So why are in this situation of potential change? There is a lot of speculation out there. Some fans have told stories of disagreements between players, one of which has left the club. Some fans never fully agreed with Antonio and his approach. These fans also bark the loudest in my experience. But what does Antonio say about his future?
Speaking with me a week ago Antonio made it clear, as he has done every time we have discussed this topic this season. He is 100% in love with the city of Florence, its inhabitants, the Fiorentina Femminile club, its players and its fans. In plain words, he made it clear his intentions – to remain the coach of Fiorentina Femminile next year and beyond. There was no room for interpretation when he again stated that he had never interviewed for another coaching position and that Fiorentina had not interviewed anyone else. The club and Cincotta have agreed to discuss their future after the season, as they did last year. Recently, Antonio Cincotta recorded his 100th victory in charge of his viola. At the helm, since 2016, his teams have finished 1st once, 2nd twice and 4th twice (his first two years were spent alongside former Fiorentina footballer Sauro Fattori). He won four cups! Much of Antonio’s success comes from having a formidable eye when assessing and signing talent. It was he who found and signed Tatiana Bonetti, Martina Zanoli, Martina Piemonte, Sara Baldi, Marta Mascarello and many others.
For Cincotta, a stay in Florence makes perfect sense. He built this team full of young Italian talents and surrounded it with European veterans. This year has seen a lot of growing pains, with an emphasis on aches and pains. It wasn’t until the last few games that the team were healthy enough to field a preferred starting 11. But Antonio loves his daughters, the fans and Firenze.
He also has moonlight as a teacher in Roma. For many lucky University of Rome students, they learn weekly from one of the brightest minds I have ever spoken to as he educates them at the University’s Football Management Institute from Rome. Firenze is home for the guy. When you take all of this into consideration, there can be no other outcome. The Fiorentina Femminile is no longer the best bitch she was five years ago. The big clubs all have teams now and the competition for talent is much tougher. Due to Italian rules that do not allow women to get adequate funding, many of the club’s top players come and go. Loyalty can only count for so much and these professional women should always work to maximize their earning potential. But the Fiorentina Femminile needs a bandiera. Who ever said the bandiera couldn’t be his trainer? Antonio Cincotta is the bandiera of Fiorentina Femminile and it will be his love and hard work that will continue to bring some of the most talented Italian women through our club. Don’t let this get to your head sir!