Date: 20th June 2018 at 3:00pm
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Pierluigi Gollini’s interview with the Italian media on Monday included a number of criticisms about the Championship and his treatment by the management of the club.

The Italian describes how he felt badly treated after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo. The goalkeeper made 10 appearances under Steve Bruce before being benched. After the arrival of Sam Johnstone on loan in January 2017, he was sent on an 18-month loan to Atalanta before signing permanently with the Serie A side this summer. He was quoted as saying (quotes via Sport Witness):

“I didn’t feel good with the new English coach and with his companions. On arrival, I was greeted coldly, while at the Atalanta everything was different. I played a lot with Aston Villa, but I wanted to go back to Italy.”

Most fans on Twitter were not sympathetic to the stopper’s complaints:


It was pretty much the case of the new manager not liking what he was seeing from his number one goalkeeper. Gollini’s swift replacement in a matter of months is a clear indication he just wasn’t rated.

Since returning to Italy, he hasn’t really done anything of note, having been Atalanta’s number two and failing to establish himself in the first team.

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