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OFFICIAL: Roma sack Rudi Garcia



Mohamed Salah’s AS Roma have officially announced the dismissal of Rudi Garcia as team coach after a 2 and a half year tenure at the capital city.

The Giallorossi appointed Rudi Garcia as first team manager on the 12th of June 2013 replacing caretaker manager Aurelio Andreazzoli back then. Garcia  joined Roma after a very successful period in charge of French side Lille where he won the league and cup double in the 2010-2011 period.

Along with Garcia, assistants Fredric Bompard and Claude Fichaux have also been relieved.

“On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I’d like to thank Rudi Garcia for all of his hard work since joining the club,” president James Pallotta said in an official statement

“We’ve all enjoyed some great moments during his time at Roma but we believe that this is the right time for a change,” he concluded.

The first season with Garcia in charge was one to remember for Roma’s fans. It started with 10 wins in a row, the best ever start in the history the Italian top flight. The successful season suddenly went downhill with Roma falling to second place remaining there until the season ended. The real downfall of the Frenchman began in the second half of his second season in Rome. Rudi Garcia’s Roma side struggled to win games and finished the season with a staggering 13 games drawn, drawing 12 of the latter 25 league games of the season.

With Roma standing at fifth place, 7 points behind first-placed Napoli, having drawn 4 of the their last 5 games in all competitions, not to mention their cup exit at the hands of a second division side, it seems that Roma’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan was the final straw. AS Roma’s management have made the decision to show the French manager the door.

Roma have reached an agreement with Spalletti, who flied on Tuesday to Miami to meet the club’s American owner James Pallotta, to become the team’s new coach on a year and a half contract after relieving Garcia off his duties, according to several Italian reports.

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