Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Spalletti resigns from Roma

Luciano Spalletti has become the first coaching casualty of the Serie A season after resigning at Roma following back-to-back losses.

Luciano Spalletti & Claudio RanieriAfter beginning their domestic campaign with a 3-2 defeat at Genoa, Roma fell 3-1 at home to Juventus on Sunday evening.

That result proved to be the final straw for Spalletti, who promptly announced an end to his four-year reign at the Stadio Olimpico.

"I have given my resignation and the club have accepted it, so we can consider our working relationship closed," confirmed Spalletti as he left a meeting with President Rosella Sensi at the club's Villa Pacelli headquarters.

A mixed spell, the zenith came in 2006/07 when Roma finished runners-up to Inter in the league and won the Coppa Italia, the 50-year-old former Udinese coach also picking up personal honours as he was named 2006 Serie A Coach of the Year.

Roma claimed the Supercoppa Italiana at the start of the following campaign.

The Giallorossi could only manage a disappointing sixth last term, earning a place in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

After seeing off Belgian side Gent 10-2 on aggregate, they were held 3-3 by Slovakian outfit Kosice in the first leg of their play-off, but sealed progress to the group stage at home last week with a 7-1 victory.

Claudio Ranieri, who was dismissed by Juventus last season, has emerged as the front runner after he had earlier met with Sensi.

Rome-born Ranieri, 57, is expected to be confirmed as Spalletti's successor on a two-year contract within the next 24 hours.

Source: UEFA

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