Claudio Ranieri exit will not damage takeover bid insist Roma
Monday 21 February 2011
Claudio Ranieri quitting as coach of AS Roma and violent fan unrest will not put off an American consortium from trying to buy the indebted Serie A club, Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno said today.
The mayor has been a central figure in the drawn-out sale process of the club, with U.S. group Di Benedetto given an exclusive 30-day window to discuss a purchase of Roma.
Ranieri quit on Sunday following fan protests and after eighth-placed Roma went down 4-3 at Genoa having been 3-0 up. They also lost 3-2 at home in a Champions League first leg to last 16 debutants Shakhtar Donetsk last week.
"I think we are talking about a consortium made up of experts who won't be scared," Alemanno told reporters.
Roma bosses were holding a meeting with Ranieri and the squad on Monday to decide who to appoint as coach with youth team boss Vincenzo Montella the fans' favourite and Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti long linked in the media.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has praised Ranieri for showing "responsibility and dignity" by resigning.
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo paying €60,000 for brain operation for 10-month-old boy
Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1 match report: Lukas Podolski goal fails to inspire comeback at the Allianz Arena as Gunners are knocked out of Champions League
Top 10 funniest football chants - in pictures
The 10 funniest football chants revealed, with poll naming West Ham supporters as 'wittiest in the country'
Barcelona 2 Manchester City 1 match report: Lionel Messi and Dani Alves on target as brilliant Barca knock City out of the Champions League
- 1 Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
- 2 Hells of residence: Inside Macedonia's horrifying student accommodation - where the walls are green and the food is black
- 3 Boy George: Bad karma
- 4 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 5 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia