Garcia aiming to win back Roma fans

The 49-year-old joins the Giallorossi after a five-year spell in charge of Lille, and says he hopes for a lengthy tenure in the Italian capital

Rudi Garcia revealed he is determined to win back the Roma supporters after he was named the new coach of the Serie A outfit.

Garcia addressed the media for the first time since being confirmed as caretaker boss Aurelio Andreazzoli's replacement, and insists he hopes for another lengthy tenure after leading Ligue 1 outfit Lille for five seasons.

“I am a faithful person and spent five years at Lille, so I hope to be at Roma for many years too," he told reporters.

“We will work for the happiness of our fans. Everyone talked to me about Roma. I know what the club and players represent, but now I need to get to Trigoria so I can get to meet them all in person. That is very important.”

Questions have been raised over how Garcia will implement his own brand of attacking play at Stadio Olimpico, but he was coy on his tactical plans for the season ahead.

“Without getting into details about my playing philosophy today, I would prefer to approach tactical and technical issues in the later press conference in Rome. I do this out of respect for the Italian journalists who cannot be here today,” he added.