Montella Watch: Another 48 Hours?

ROME, ITALY - MAY 05: Coach Vincenzo Montella of Catania Calcio looks on during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Catania Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on May 5, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Various outlets are reporting that it might be only a matter of time, 48 hours to be exact, before Vincenzo Montella is re-appointed as Roma manager.

The good news, of course, is that this would bring an end to this drama and we could then proceed to the mercato in full force. However, it wouldn't be Roma without some controversy. Radio reports throughout Italy claim there is still some division among the front office about Montella's suitability for this position.

Additionally, there are reports, albeit brief ones, claiming that Catania still will not release Montella from his contract.

Francesco Totti, for one, believes Montella has what it takes to lead Roma full time, claiming that Vincenzo is not afraid to speak his mind and do what he thinks his best, such as benching Francesco.

The past 48 hours have seen AVB rumors resurface amid claims of multi-million dollar (or Euro, if you prefer) buy outs, player swaps and promises by Catania that Montella will be held to his contract.

There still does not appear to be a consensus in the front office concerning the right man to lead this team next season and beyond. The two main candidates, AVB and Montella, have room to grow and much to prove as managers. In order for either of them to succeed, both the men themselves, the management, and the fans will need to be patient. In the case of Luis Enrique, only one third of that formula was intact, as the fans and Enrique himself ran out of patience and motivation.

Whoever is chosen, they will need the fortitude to ride the waves of public opinion, as they will be tasked with guiding this project long-term. The next 48 hours will speak volumes about the years to come.

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So thats all for now, expect a flurry of news and rumors over the next 48 hours. There are reports that Roma's transfer budget this summer will be €30M, not including potential sales. So the sooner the manager is settled, the sooner they can start making some moves.

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