Garcia: ‘Astori would be great Coach’

Rudi Garcia believes Davide Astori “would certainly have become a great Coach” in a future the Fiorentina captain never got to experience.

Tomorrow marks one year since the defender died in his sleep in the team hotel in Udine, so all weekend Serie A games will halt at the 13th minute to remember DA13.

“It’s still difficult for me to talk about him in the past tense, as I feel like he’s here with us,” former Roma boss Garcia told the Corriere Fiorentino newspaper.

“Davide was elegance incarnate, both on and off the pitch. He was interested in every aspect of the work we did, very different to most football players.

“I was absolutely convinced, and I told him this, that he would certainly have become a great Coach after his playing career concluded.”