Antognoni on Fiorentina farewell: ‘I have never seen such a thing’

Former Fiorentina manager Giancarlo Antognoni opened up on his farewell with the Viola. ‘Zero possibility of discussion, in 50 years of football I have never seen such a thing’.

The former club manager spoke to Tuttosport about the split with President Rocco Commisso’s side, after weeks of rumours that the Viola legend had a falling out with Daniele Prade and Joe Barone.

The former player, widely regarded as the greatest ever to play for the club, left when his two-year contract expired and has slammed the behaviour of the directors in charge at the Artemio Franchi.

“Zero possibility of discussion, take it or leave it, so much that, even before seeing Joe Barone again, they had invited me to clear out my office,” Antognoni told Tuttosport.

“In 50 years of football, I have never seen such a thing. They told me that, in their opinion, I’m more suited to following the youth sector. But I understood the hint ever since I first met with Joe Barone himself to talk about my future at Fiorentina.

“A terrifying encounter of unprecedented coldness. He told me: ‘I’ll take the first team, I’ll reduce your salary, I’ll send you to the youth sector’.”