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Roman-born Ranieri is new Roma boss

Thursday, September 3, 2009

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
Photo: AP

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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