Serie A vice-champions AS Roma have confirmed that Luciano Spalletti is no longer the team’s manager. But what led to the separation?
AS Roma enjoyed a season just short of great success. It was Spalletti’s second term in charge of the team. They end the season just shy of Serie A glory. Were in not for a string of draws mid-season, Roma would have potentially knocked Junvetus off the top spot.
It was Spalletti’s second time in charge of the team. The first time was between 2005 and 2009, with similar results. During this time Roma always remained one of Italy’s top teams, but were always just slightly off pace from clinching top honors. Roma qualify, once more, for next season’s Champions League.
James Pallotta, Roma’s president, talked about the separation. Officially both sides agreed on the split. Spalleti’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season and the manager was not interested in an extension. Rumors are ripe that he will go on to coach Inter Milan, who have recently sacked their manager.
“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Luciano Spalletti for all of his hard work and the significant contribution he has made to the club since his return,”James Pallotta said.
Pallotta also mentioned the team’s very good stats during Spaletti’s stay at the club. “Under his stewardship this season, the team has won more Serie A points and scored more goals than any side in Roma’s history. We wish Luciano all the best for the future.”
“This club is on a constant path of growth and that will continue with the appointment of a new coach who shares our values and philosophy and who will continue to help us take Roma forward.”
Roma is having to deal with a number of important changes at the end of this season. The other notable one will be the absence of long time captain Francesco Totti who has announced his retirement at the age of 40.
A new manager for the team will need to be decided shortly. The coach most likely to secure the job is Eusebio Di Francesco. The former Roma player is currently in charge of Sassuolo.