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Feb 19, 2011

Ranieri won't walk out on Roma

Claudio Ranieri is refusing to resign as Roma coach despite protests staged by supporters at the club's training ground on Saturday morning.

A reported 200 fans hurled fireworks and flares into the Trigoria training facility and police were called to disperse the protesters, who have become angered by the club's recent form.

Roma were defeated 3-2 at home by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday night and currently sit eighth in Serie A after a difficult season.

However, Ranieri is adamant he will not be walking away from his hometown club.

"Relax, I'm not going anywhere. I will not abandon the ship," Ranieri said. "I won't leave mid-season. It is a difficult situation, so as a native Roman I feel twice as bad, but I don't like to give in. I have always faced challenges head-on and will continue to do so.

"The Sensi family is selling up, while there is a new buyer who still has to complete the process. I received positive messages that they want to renew my contract, but we cannot rush these things.

"You have to consider the situation when I arrived, as there was no money and I knew it was an extremely difficult situation. I could've easily walked away last season, knowing the next term would be tough. However, that would've been like betraying myself.

"The fans want to see a team that gives everything on the field. They are focusing on tomorrow's game against Genoa and want results. They couldn't care less about club plans and strategies for the future."

Roma travel to 11th-placed Genoa on Sunday and Ranieri will be under pressure to deliver a winning result.

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