BREAKING NEWS: Spalletti named new Roma boss


Roma have appointed Luciano Spalletti as the new man in charge at the Stadio Olimpico following the dismissal of Rudi Garcia.

The Serie A outfit fired Garcia as their head coach on Wednesday following their poor run of form in recent months, with Roma dropping to fifth place in the table after just one win in their last seven league games.

Several reports suggested they had lined up Spalletti as Garcia's replacement and the 56-year-old's return to the Italian capital has now been confirmed.

Spalletti previously worked at Roma between 2005 and 2009, guiding them to two Coppa Italia titles and one Supercoppa Italiana wins.

He left Roma in September 2009 after an underwhelming start to the season.

The former Udinese boss returned to coaching at Zenit in December of that year and led his new team to two Russian Premier League titles, but he was fired in March 2014 and has since been out of work.

Roma resume Serie A action on January 17, when they host Verona.