“I’m a coach.
And if you’re good at it, then you should have a job.”
It’s a phrase that is used in every job interview in Italy.
But in a country that’s so dependent on the football pitch, where footballers are not only professionals but also entertainers, coaches have a unique place in the fabric of Italy’s professional football.
The current head coach of Lazio, Cesare Prandelli, once made a point of saying that coaches are not paid to win but to make people laugh.
“When you’re coaching people, you want to make them laugh.
You want to have fun.
You’re here to make friends and make people happy,” Prandellis words are said to have been a turning point in his career.”
If you don’t do it, people won’t understand what it means.
And that’s what you want in life, to be able to have people laugh at you and have fun,” he told La Repubblica in 2007.
The idea that coaches make their jobs more enjoyable by making people laugh is a sentiment that is echoed by many who work in coaching.
“I don’t think there’s any difference between coaching a game and being a professional,” former Juventus striker Andrea Pirlo said in the same article.
“But I think it’s important that they’re not paid so that they can enjoy their jobs and to have a life.”
“I want to tell people that I’m happy doing what I do.
I love my job and I like to work with a team,” said Alessandro Del Piero, who was the most successful player in Serie A at the end of the 20th century.
Pirlo added that his personal opinion is that coaches should not be paid but that the people in charge should make sure they are compensated for their work.
“What is important is that they have the best possible work conditions and they have their own pay,” he said.
Andrea Pirlos thoughts on coaches’ salaries in Italy”If I have to say something, I’ll say this: I’m not a big fan of the salary.
I have a very good salary, and it’s not a lot of money, but I can’t afford to give it away, I have enough to support myself and my family,” Pirls personal opinion about the way coaches are paid is one that has come up repeatedly during his career in Italy, most recently during the last Serie A season.”
At Juventus, we didn’t pay coaches,” Pirozelli, the former Juventus captain, told Il Messaggero newspaper in 2011.
“There were people who took their salary, but not a single one of them made it to the next season.
That was because they were working in an office or at home.”
Pirlos view is shared by several players who have taken to the streets of cities across Italy, protesting against the lack of a wage.
“Football is an entertainment, a business and I can work in the stadium with my family if I want,” said Pirloso, who has a three-year-old daughter.
“We all deserve to have money, and I am glad that some people do, and that we all make a living out of it,” said Del Pieros.