June 18, 2024


AS Roma have appointed former captain Danielle De Rossi as head coach until the end of the season.

His appointment follows the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.

Mourinho was sacked with Roma ninth in Serie A and five points off the Champions League places.

Things deteriorated further when lthey were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by city rivals, Lazio.

De Rossi retired in 2020 and has since had one spell as manager – a 17-game tenure at Serie B club SPAL which ended with the Italian’s sacking last February.

“We believe that the leadership and ambition that have always characterised him can be decisive in chasing the objectives that the team has ahead of it until end of the season,” said Roma’s owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin.

“We knew the indissoluble bond that unites Daniele to the club, but the enthusiasm with which he immediately accepted this challenge… further convinced us of his ability to be a guide for the players and a proud representative of the values ​​of this club.”

De Rossi, who won the World Cup in 2006 with Italy, said: “The emotion of being able to sit on our bench is indescribable, everyone knows what Roma is for me, but the work that awaits all of us has already taken over.

“We have no time, no choice. Being competitive, fighting for our goals and trying to achieve them are the only priorities that my staff and I have given ourselves.”



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