AS Roma has parted company with coach Luciano Spalletti. The process to appoint a new coach is now underway.
Il Tempo (Alessandro Austini) Another one goes. Roma will change their coach for the 14th time in 14 seasons, an average of once a year. This time it’s Spalletti who is packing his bags once again, with the same feeling of having left something unfinished as he had when he departed 2 games into the season in 2009. As was the case then, the Tuscan is leaving because he doesn’t feel as supported by the club as he should be. Whether it’s been in how he has handled the difficult situation of Totti’s final season, in the transfer market, in his relations with the outside world, Spalletti accuses Roma of leaving him isolated.
Speaking to Radio Uno, Alessandro Del Piero has urged Luciano Spalletti to play Francesco Totti in what is likely to be his final game for Roma against Genoa. There are just two games left this season, and the Juventus legend has called on the Roma coach to play Totti in next week’s clash at the Olimpico – even if the Giallorossi are still fighting to hold onto 2nd place.
Roberto Mancini has played down rumours linking him with taking over from Luciano Spalletti at Roma in the summer. Spalletti is widely expected to leave the club when his contract expires next month, and Mancini was one of the candidates linked with succeeding him.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Flavio Fusi) Roma-Juventus could have marked the finishing line in the race for the scudetto: 7 points ahead at kick-off, the Bianconeri only needed 1 point to shake off the Giallorossi for good and seal their 6th consecutive title, a Serie A record. For Spalletti’s team, on the other hand, the threat of watching the Bianconeri celebrate the title in their own stadium loomed over them, a worse prospect than 2014 when Osvaldo’s goal gave Juventus – who were already champions by that point – a record-breaking number of points, ruining the celebrations of the final home game of Rudi Garcia’s first season.
La Repubblica (Matteo Pinci) On 24th May, 2008, Barack Obama hadn’t yet been elected President of the United States, Rome was about to elect Alemanno as mayor, and the following month Spain would win their second European Championships. 3275 days have passed since then, and Obama is now a tourist in Milan, Alemanno is the opposition and Spain have won everything; but the Coppa Italia that Roma lifted on that day 9 years ago, beating Inter 2-1 at the Olimpico, was the last trophy the club have been able to celebrate. The football world has radically changed since Spalletti first took charge, but the team that bears the capital’s name seems to have been paralysed. The coach – after his successful ‘exile’ in Russia – is the only survivor along with De Rossi and Totti, but despite all the talk and the investment from the club’s owners, nothing has been won – although their league record is excellent: if they finish ahead of Napoli, they will have finished 2nd for the 4th time in 9 seasons, practically once every 2 years. But there’s no trophy for that.
Roma’s new sporting director Monchi was presented to the media on Wednesday afternoon, and the ex-Sevilla director touched on a number of key subjects regarding the Giallorossi including the futures of Luciano Spalletti, Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti.