Date: 4th June 2021 at 7:00am
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Former Sassuolo Roberto De Zerbi has opened up about his somewhat controversial decision to join Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, pointing at the lack of autonomy for coaches in a reason.

The 41-year-old drew much from clubs in Italy after announcing the end of his time with the Neroverdi, but opted for Ukraine in a decision that certainly turned heads.

The talented coach most recently guided Sassuolo to two consecutive eighth-placed finishes in Serie A before opting for a change of scenery and has now made it clear as to why he avoided offers from Italy.

“Offers from Italy weren’t very stimulating,” De Zerbi said in an interview with .

“Some Italian clubs made contact, and don’t ask me which ones, but I think I made the right choice [in choosing Shakhtar].”

He went on to talk about the Ukrainian side’s proposal allowing him to do what he does best, without intervening, thus calling into question the running of Serie A sides.

“Shakhtar convinced me from a technical and tactical point of view, whereas the Italian options didn’t stimulate me,” De Zerbi said.

“I chose this because I’m allowed to put my ideas first, I have complete autonomy over what happens on-field and the possibility to affect what happens in terms of the club’s squad list.”

One thing that seems certain is that the Serie A clubs who went for the coach weren’t allowing such freedom, and therefore this could hinder their onboarding of top managers going forward.