Ranieri resigns, Roma appoint new head coach

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Claudio Ranieri resigns from post, Roma appoint a new h. coach (fixed headline)

Claudio Ranieri has resigned from his post as head coach of Roma. The club has moved quickly to find a replacement for the enigmatic Italian, appointing former Roma striker Vincenzo Montella as interim manager.

Ranieri decided to vacate his managerial position following a string of terrible results, culminating in Roma’s 4-3 defeat at the hands of Genoa on Sunday. It was a match the Italian giants really should not have lost, especially since they had established an early three goal lead. Due to that defeat, Roma dropped down to eighth place in the Serie A standings, and it seems unlikely that the club will be able to secure a spot in the Champions League next season.

Earlier in the week, Roma had lost 3-2 at home in the Champions League round of 16 first leg against Shakhtar Donetsk. That defeat put Ranieri under great pressure, but it was the loss against Genoa that pushed the Italian to his breaking point. Ranieri offered to step down on Sunday evening.

Roma have now confirmed that they have accepted the former Chelsea manager’s resignation, appointing Vinceonzo Montella as head coach until the end of the current season.

A statement from the club read: “AS Roma announces it received yesterday evening the resignation of Mr Claudio Ranieri as coach of the first team. Following this move, the financial contract with Ranieri, whose deal was coming to an end on June 30, 2011, has ended by mutual consent. Roma wishes to thank Claudio Ranieri for the professionalism shown and the work done."

Many have questioned Ranieri’s decision to leave the club at such a crucial time in the season. However, Manager of the Italian national squad, Cesare Prandelli, claimed that the former Chelsea manager’s decision to retire was an act of great responsibility.

Prandelli said, “Ranieri's resignation is an act of great dignity. I don't know the dynamics of the team so I cannot enter into specifics. The Italian league is very difficult and you have to have the right mentality and continuity in form to do well. I think that when something breaks, the responsibility is not just of one person."

Even though Vincenco Montella has now taken over at the helm, there are rumours that under-fire Chelsea’s boss Carlo Ancelotti might be taking over the manager’s chair in the near future. We will have more on the story in the coming hours.


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