AS Monaco Executive Vice-President Oleg Petrov opened the press conference to introduce Robert Moreno, then answered questions from the media; here are some excerpts.
Obviously, it is a very important decision to change coaches during the season. The main reason for this change is the results of the team. We are currently in seventh position in the championship. But AS Monaco are one of the biggest clubs in Ligue 1 and we think we deserve a much better position than this. Our goal is to return to the top of the table.
The start of the season was difficult, mainly due to late moves in the transfer window. During the first part of the season we gave credit to the technical team that was in place, but in the end we felt that the time had come to make changes and that it was better to make them now.
It is never easy to find the ideal coach, especially during the season, but I am convinced that we have achieved this by introducing you to Robert Moreno today. He has all the qualities we need to achieve our goals. Robert is a modern coach, he has technical skills, ambition, he works hard and we are convinced that he will bring success to our club.
Risks are part of life and of football. If people talk to me about risks, my answer is that Robert has all the qualities for the position and that the history of AS Monaco is full of young coaches to whom the club gave their first big chance, like Arsène Wenger or Didier Deschamps. It was not easy to find the perfect profile in a short time, but we really think that Robert Moreno has everything one needs to succeed with AS Monaco.
Having to change coaches during the season is always unfortunate, but it is part of the reality of a football club. Leonardo Jardim did a lot of work for AS Monaco, in particular by keeping the team in Ligue 1 at the end of last season, dismissing him a second time was very difficult for us, but we think it was the right decision to take and that it will pay off.
We will assess the current squad with the coach, we do not envisage any significant change without the approval of the new technical staff.