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Calcio Comment: Luciano Spalletti Had To Go, Claudio Ranieri Is The Cheap Option

Luciano Spalletti this morning announced his resignation from Roma after four years at the club. A poor start to the season, which sees the Giallorossi bottom of the league and pointless following the first two rounds, and a number of dressing room problems were the final nail in a coffin that was almost buried during the summer before Spalletti rejected the chance to become Juventus boss in order to stay loyal to the Lupi.

“I think that both Roma and Spalletti were wrong to continue this summer because it was clear that the relationship was broken,” explains Italia editor Sergio Stanco.
“Spalletti was very attracted by Juventus' offer but he decided to respect Roma and stay. A Roma without Spalletti and with another coach without his experience would surely have started this season badly. As it worked out, this happened even with Spalletti, but in theory there were more certainties with him.”

A disappointing transfer campaign, during which Roma sold Alberto Aquilani and made no significant acquisitions, even after they lost their first two games, may have also forced Spalletti through the door.
“Spalletti knew about Roma's financial difficulties and did not expect too much from the transfer market, but he surely expected something more on the last day than Fabio Zamblera and Bogdan Lobont,” Stanco notes.

So why did Spalletti resign when he still had two years to run on a €2 million-a-year contract? Does this mean that he has a new job lined up?
“No. I think he resigned in respect for Roma's fans and the club," Stanco stresses.

"If he was sacked, Roma wouldn’t have been able to afford his wages [in paying up the outstanding portion of his contract].
“So they left each other as old friends.”

Ex-Juventus boss Claudio Ranieri is almost certain to replace Spalletti. Why has Rosella Sensi opted to go for a coach with a history of failing to win trophies?

“Roma need experience and a tough coach, even if Ranieri’s not a winning coach,” Stanco says.

“He is a coach who could bring the team and the club together, and he is also a Roma fan.
“Everyone knows that Ranieri is not a top-class coach, but he will not be expected to win the Scudetto. The target at the moment is middle-tier, so Roma have gone for a middle-tier coach.

“Most importantly, Ranieri comes cheap. At Juventus he only earned €1m. If Roma had gone for Roberto Mancini, they would have to pay six times that amount.”

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