Carlo Mazzone Denies He Will Return To Coach Roma

Former coach Carlo Mazzone says he will not come out of retirement to take charge of Roma, after the club sacked Claudio Ranieri.
Former Brescia and Napoli coach Carlo Mazzone has denied he will come out of retirement to take the reins at Roma, after Claudio Ranieri was sacked earlier this evening.

Mazzone has also beeing in charge of the Giallorossi, leading the side between 1993 and 1996, but has ruled out a return to the bench. He also denied that a player revolt helped Ranieri out the Trigoria door.

"Mazzone is an ex-coach," the 73-year-old told Radio Sportiva in an interview.

"I don't think that it was the players that helped sack the coach. I believe that the players do not go onto the pitch to intentionally lose and help kick out the coach.

"This does not happen in football. One can think it, but it is only a thought by those who have never played. Today's result was horrendous [losing 4-3 to Genoa after leading 3-0 at half-time], as this has never happened in Roma's history, but this does not mean that the players played to lose, otherwise they would not have scored three goals.

"I won't comment about a possible replacement, as they are delicate choices made by the club. I don't know who is available at this stage of the season," concluded Mazzone.

Vincenzo Montella and Bronu Conti are reportedly in the running to take over from Ranieri.

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