Arrivederci Spalletti, Ciao Ranieri.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Today marked the end of an era for AS Roma when manager Luciano Spalletti handed in his resignation after four years in charge, with former Chelsea, and Juventus boss Claudio Ranieri lined up as his replacement.

Ranieri who started his playing career back in 1973 with Roma will have his work cut out if he is to guide the club to any success this season. Spalletti resigned after a poor start to the season, which saw Roma suffering back to back defeats at the hands of Genoa and Juventus.

I think there is a certain air of inevitability about Spalletti’s departure, with the club steeped in financial difficulty, and the loss of key players such as Alberto Aquilani the end was nigh for the 50th year-old.

The Giallorossi did however enjoy much success under Spalletti winning two Coppa Italia titles (2007, 2008) and an Italian Super Cup (2008), as well as finishing runners-up three times to winners Inter Milan. In the 2007-08 season Roma led Serie A until the final 30minutes were touted as Inter’s main title rivals last season. However, they only managed a dismal 6th place recording their worst finish since Spalletti took charge in 2005.

This summer has been a torrid time in the capital with many new investors linked with the takeover of the club, because of this Spalletti was left with an empty purse in preparation for the new season.

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Spalletti’s departure, but he won’t be out of work for long, a coach of his ability deserves to be back in the game almost instantly. Having been linked with Juventus and Milan who changed their coaches this summer, Spalletti declined to stay at Roma. Who knows, he might just go to the latter just yet.

The former Udinese boss boasts an impressive record with Roma:

Played: 154

Won: 83

Drawn: 40

Lost: 31

Only 31 defeats in 154 games shows what a top quality manager Spalletti is. He is a genuinely nice guy, a great reader of the game and an expert tactician. So, as Ranieri takes over at Stadio Olimpico, his job will be very simple. Start winning, and fast.

I would like to wish Luciano Spalletti the very best, and lets be having him back in Calcio as soon as possible.


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