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New Year’s Eve Poll: Is Roma Heading in The Right Direction?

It was another busy year in the Romaverse, but is the club heading in the right direction? To answer that question, we're turning it over to you!

AS Roma logo is seen on a corner flag during the Women Serie... Photo by Andrea Staccioli/Insidefoto/LightRocket via Getty Images

New Year's Eve is a time for reflection, a time to assess the 364 days gone by: What did you achieve? Where did you grow? Did you challenge yourself this year? Are you happier or more content than last year? Are you heading in the right direction?

Heavy questions, one and all, and really ones that cannot and probably should not be measured on a simple January-to-December basis. Life is far too complex to be measured in simple 365-day increments. However, the need to pause and reflect at the end of the Gregorian Calendar is a natural response to a world where nearly everything is measured, compared, and commodified.

Football is no different, and in many respects, 2023 was pretty typical for AS Roma: There were surprising wins, crushing defeats, controversial calls, transfers/signings that soared, and those that flopped; one minute, Mourinho was a genius, the next he was a moron; one minute Tiago Pinto was a visionary, the next he was out of his depth.

I suspect that if you ventured over to any of our football/soccer sites on the SB Nation network, you'd pick up the same vibe. Very few clubs hit all the marks in a given year, except, well, for Roma's women's team, who won the first Scudetto in club history last spring and remain undefeated this season.

But I digress. Rather than me rattling through a schmaltzy New Year's Resolution list, I thought it would be more interesting to gauge our collective opinion on Roma's latest project: Are Dan Friedkin, Tiago Pinto, and José Mourinho leading the Giallorossi in the right direction? Are there brighter days ahead, or are we destined for yet another rebranding?

Before we get to the poll, let's quickly run through the highs and lows of 2023.

What Went Right in 2023

This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are a few of the bright spots from the year gone by:

  • Paulo Dybala was sensational, albeit a bit injured, bringing a level of joy to the Stadio Olimpico that hasn't been felt since Francesco Totti retired in 2017.
  • Speaking of which, the stands were packed for nearly every home match, including nearly 40.000 for the women's Champions League quarterfinal match against Barcelona last spring. The atmosphere in the Olimpico has been unlike anything we've seen in at least a decade, if not longer.
  • Edoardo Bove graduated from an intriguing prospect to an integral piece of the puzzle and likely future captain.
  • Roma reached a European final for the second straight year, bowing out to Sevilla in the Europa League final last spring in a controversial defeat
  • Roma managed to land Romelu Lukaku in August, giving the club a legitimate number nine (or 90, as it were) to pair with Dybala.
  • Adidas dropped an impressive line of kits and training wear in their return to the Italian capital.

What Went Wrong in 2023

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words...

Transfermarkt

You're looking at the annual table for Serie A, a tabulation of Roma's league record throughout the 2023 calendar year. As you can see, it wasn't exactly a banner year in the Eternal City, as Roma's 64 points compiled over the past year ranks 9th in Serie A, six points above Monza, who earned their first-ever Serie A promotion at the beginning of the 2022-2023 season.

In addition to Roma's performance on the table, we can add the usual spate of injuries to the list of 2023 woes, as well as a few transfers that fell completely flat. Coupled with the bitter defeat to Sevilla last spring, which would have brought Roma back to the Champions League for the first time in nearly five years, there were more than a few down notes in Trigoria this season.

So, Is Roma Heading in the Right Direction?

Again, neither of those lists is exhaustive, but I'm going to turn it over to you: Are better days in store for 2024?

Poll

Is Roma heading in the right direction as we enter 2024?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Yes: I have full faith in the club leadership
    (106 votes)
  • 43%
    Maybe: It's a mixed bag, but there is room for growth
    (230 votes)
  • 24%
    Doubtful: The negatives outweigh the positives and something must change
    (131 votes)
  • 12%
    No: They need a hard reset, new players, new leaders and a new direction
    (64 votes)
531 votes total Vote Now