Spalletti returns to Roma helm

Roma have turned to Luciano Spalletti again after he returned to the helm for a second spell this week as Rudi Garcia’s successor.

Garcia was sacked as head coach on Wednesday following a poor string of results, which saw the Giallorossi slip seven points behind Serie A leaders Napoli.

The Eternal City outfit have moved swiftly to replace the Frenchman, with Spalletti taking over the reins at the Stadio Olimpico for a second time, having previously coached the club for four years between 2005 and 2009.

The Italian won two trophies during his first stint in Rome, clinching back-to-back Coppa Italia titles in 2007 and 2008 – the last time the club picked up any silverware.

“I’m emotional because I know the value of this city, this club and this squad,” Spalletti told the club’s official website. “To work with such valuable people really motivates me.”

Roma president James Pallotta added: “I am extremely pleased to say welcome back to Roma to Luciano Spalletti.

“He’s a winning coach who has picked up a long line of successes. We can’t wait to work together to take Roma to where we believe they deserve to be.

Spalletti will begin his tenure with a home game against rock-bottom Verona on Sunday.