Roma chose Garcia to emulate Ferguson

Giallorossi president James Pallotta says the former Lille coach was recruited to create a long-lasting dynasty similar to the Scot's reign at Manchester United

Rudi Garcia may have enjoyed a fine start to life in charge of Roma, but the club's board expect him to keep it up for another three decades.

Giallorossi president James Pallotta has revealed that Garcia was chosen to become coach this summer as they believe he is capable of replicating Sir Alex Ferguson's success at Manchester United.

The Scot retired in May this year after an outstanding 27-year stay at Old Trafford, during which time he led the club to 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two UEFA Champions League crowns.

"Rudi Garcia was obviously my decision," Pallotta told Football Italia.

"We wanted to do something different and have someone that we thought could be at Roma for years, looking at the Alex Ferguson type model at Manchester United."

Garcia was lured to the Italian capital in the close-season after five years in charge of Lille, and the 49-year-old Frenchman has seen his side make an exceptional start to the campaign.

Roma won their first 10 Serie A matches, a new Italian record, and although they have since drawn their last three, losing top spot in the process, they are undefeated and have conceded just three goals in their 13 league fixtures.

"I just love the way we're playing," Palotta enthused. "I could see it in July the kind of team we were going to have.

"I said all through August we had a great team this year and nobody believed me, least of all the media in Rome.

"I love the way the team plays now. Forget the wins, I mean the style we're playing."