Seydou Keita and Yao Gervinho’s AS Roma have named Luciano Spalletti as Rudi Garcia’s replacement as the club’s head coach following the Giallorossi’s recent slide.
Roma pay the wages of Nigerian duo Nura Abdulahi and Sadiq Umar. While Umar has managed to three starts from five appearances for Roma this season, his compatriot Abdulahi is yet to get any playing time under his belt.
Spalletti who has been without a club since he was dismissed by Zenit in March 2014, returns to Roma having lifted the Coppa Italia twice during his first managerial stint at the Olimpico between 2005 and 2009.
Spalletti during his first spell at the club guided Roma to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, eliminating Madrid in the round of 16 with two 2-1 victories in 2007/08 season. He will face the same opponents in his first European match back as Roma coach.
Roma in a statement on its official twitter handle wrote;
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) January 14, 2016
Reacting to his reappointment, the Italian gaffer said;
“I’m excited because I’m fully aware how much this town, this club, this team are worth,” said the new coach. Working with top people is always exciting. In football, unexpected things happen, but honestly, I always hoped I would return to Rome one day because this is a wonderful place.
“My family never really left Rome,” he added. “We were away for a year but then my son came back here to study – he is a huge Roma fan and has always followed the team. My first time here was very intense – it was an important period of my life. I will never forget those Champions League nights with the stadium packed full.” The 56-year-old gaffer who has won the Russian League on two occasions said as quoted on UEFA.com