Several Italian news outlets report that Sabatini believes Zeman has not properly ironed out defensive and disciplinary issues within the squad despite some of the eye-pleasing football they have played.
“Zeman’s work is satisfying under certain aspects, but it is clear that there are less positive things,” Sabatini said.
“The time has come to ask ourselves questions, and among the evaluations we are making there is the issue of changing managers, albeit marginally.”
Sabatini did point out that despite these problems, one positive aspect of Zeman’s current time in charge is the development of younger players such as Erik Lamela and Alessandro Florenzi.
“We have left Zeman to work and he had the courage to understand the potential of a lot of players, like Erik Lamela and others.”
The veteran Czech rejoined the Giallorossi over the summer after guiding Pescara to promotion, however, the euphoria of his return has worn off as Roma are now winless in four straight league matches, falling to eighth place in Serie A.
Corriere dello Sport suggests that Zeman would be released by the club should he fail to achieve a result against Cagliari next weekend. Names such as former Genoa boss Alberto Malesani and current youth team manager Alberto De Rossi, father of midfielder Daniele, are being touted as possible replacements.