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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 1, 2009

Roma's Spalletti resigns, Ranieri linked with job

Luciano Spalletti has confirmed he has resigned as coach of Roma after starting the season with back-to-back defeats. Claudio Ranieri is expected to be confirmed as the club's new boss on Wednesday.

Spalletti met with club executives to discuss the way forward after Sunday's 3-1 home setback to Juventus and tendered his resignation.

"I have given my resignation and the club have accepted it," ANSA news agency reported him as saying on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old Spalletti has been in charge of the Eternal City outfit since 2005.

He survived a dismal start to the 2008-09 campaign but came into the new season walking a fine line after the team's sixth-place finish which was not good enough to reach the Champions League.

Roma fans were also left disappointed with the team making no big-name signings in the summer. Defenders Nicolas Burdisso from Inter Milan and Marco Motta from Udinese were the most significant acquisitions.

Injuries in the pre-season have also not helped with Simone Perrotta, Juan and Cicinho all still recovering from muscular problems.

The new season got off on the wrong foot with a 3-2 defeat at Genoa followed by Sunday's 3-1 home loss to Juve. Roma will travel to Siena on September 13.

Ranieri's agent, Mattia Grassani, told Italian media: "An agreement has been reached. Ranieri will sign a two-year contract with Roma tomorrow [Wednesday] before being unveiled to the media.''

Ranieri started his playing career at Roma and is delighted to have been offered the chance to guide the Giallorossi.

"This is a great satisfaction for me,'' he said. "This is a dream come true as I follow a professional journey that began many years ago. I am honoured and convinced I will be able to do and give the best for Roma.''

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