Luciano Spalletti heads for Roma exit


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Roma have announced that coach Luciano Spalletti has left the club after failing to agree a new deal.

The 58-year-old only took over the reins at the Stadio Olimpico for a second time in January last year and after guiding the club to a third-place finish last season, he went one better this term as Roma secured their highest ever Serie A points tally.

The former Zenit St. Petersburg boss’ final match in charge was Sunday’s 3-2 home success against Genoa, a result that sealed the Giallorossi’s second-place finish and also marked Francesco Totti’s final appearance for the club.

Roma confirmed the news of Spalletti’s departure on Tuesday while also announcing they have already started their search for his replacement.

AS Roma has parted company with coach Luciano Spalletti,” a statement on the Giallorossi’s official website read. “The process to appoint a new coach is now underway.

The official announcement comes after the team beat Genoa 3-2 on Sunday evening to clinch second place in Serie A and secure automatic qualification to the 2017-18 Champions League.”

The club’s president, James Pallotta, has thanked the Italian for what he achieved during his second spell at the club.

“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Luciano Spalletti for all of his hard work and the significant contribution he has made to the club since his return,” Pallotta said.

Meanwhile, Spalletti has been heavily linked with the vacant managerial position at Inter Milan and so could come up against his former employers in Serie A next season.

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