Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Ranieri presented as Roma coach

One day after the surprising departure of Luciano Spalletti, Roma have named Rome-born Claudio Ranieri as their new coach and he is hoping to make an immediate impact.

Claudio RanieriSpalletti resigned from his post at the Stadio Olimpico after four years in charge of the Serie A club.

Despite winning through to the UEFA Europa League group stage, Ranieri takes over Roma with the club struggling financially and bottom of the table after losing their first two games of the season against Genoa and Juventus.

But the former Fiorentina, Valencia and Chelsea coach, who was dismissed by Juve with two games remaining last season, is eagerly anticipating the challenge of turning the side's fortunes around.

"Spalletti's Roma had a sparkling sense of play. My philosophy is a little different, I'm bringing my pragmatism to this team," said the 57-year-old, who was born in Testaccio – an area of the capital known as a hotbed of Giallorossi support.

"What's really needed is a jolt, because this team has to make a turnaround right away. Maybe the guys lost a little bit of belief."

He continued: "In the last four years, this team did some great things, displaying some of the best football in Europe.

"Fifteen months ago this team was a half hour from winning the Serie A title.

"As a Roman, watching them play filled me with pride. I can tell you that I'm coming home after 35 years with a great desire to do well."

Roma are next in action away to Siena on September 13.

Source: UEFA

1 comment:

  1. The club needs money, not a change of coach! I don't think ranieri will be a success.