Wednesday January 13th, 2016

Roma has sacked manager Rudi Garcia after less than three seasons with the club, Roma president Jim Pallotta announced Wednesday.

“I’d like to thank Rudi Garcia for all of his hard work since joining the club,” Pallotta said. “We’ve all enjoyed some great moments during his time at Roma but we believe that this is the right time for a change.”

Roma finished second in Serie A in Garcia’s first two seasons as manager, but has recently secured just one victory over its last 10 matches. 

Garcia’s assistants Frederic Bompard and Claude Fichaux were also let go.

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Youth club coach Alberto De Rossi is set to serve as the short-term interim manager, but former Roma manager Luciano Spalletti is widely expected to be hired to replace Garcia, according to the Associated Press.

Spalletti managed Roma from 2005 to ’09 before resigning and later joining Zenit St. Petersburg. He reportedly met with Pallotta in Miami to discuss a contract with Roma. 

Roma is currently in fifth place in the Italian league, seven points behind first-place Napoli and four behind Fiorentina in fourth place.

- Erin Flynn

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