Roman-born Ranieri is new Roma boss

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Claudio Ranieri has taken over as coach of AS Roma following Luciano Spalletti's sudden resignation.

AS Roma's new coach Claudio Ranieri poses at the end of a press conference
AS Roma's new coach Claudio Ranieri poses at the end of a press conference
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Spalletti ended his four-year stint at the Giallorossi helm following his team's poor start to the Serie A campaign.

Roma lost to Genoa 3-2 in their first game of the new season and were beaten by Juventus 3-1 last Sunday. This is the their worst start since 1950/51, when they were relegated.

After agreeing a two-year deal, Ranieri said: "Spalletti's Roma had a sparkling sense of play. My philosophy is a little different - I'm bringing my pragmatism to this team.

"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 added: "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 with a great desire to do well."

The Rome-born Ranieri, who played for the club, will take charge for the first time at Siena on September 13.

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