Since Luciano Spalletti made his exit to take over Inter Milan; Roma have been looking for a replacement to take this club through the next step. After weeks of speculation on who the new manager would be Roma as expected would turn to someone who already knows the culture and the atmosphere of what this club means to the city. Roma sporting director Monchi would give the Reigns to Former Roma Midfielder and Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco. After undergoing discussions between the two clubs they finally reached an agreement after The Giallorossi agreed to buyout his contract as both sides were satisfied with the turn of events as there continues to be an excellent relationship between the two clubs. Di Francesco, who helped Roma win Serie A in 2000-01, has returned home to try to deliver the same as a coach. He spoke about his plans with the club during his first press conference as manager: “It was like coming home after many years, there’s a desire to achieve something big and build a team that entertains. There are lots of problems that I’m not even thinking about, I know there will be easier times and tougher times. The atmosphere in Rome may not be the easiest but I’m calm and looking forward to getting stuck into this fantastic experience. I’m aware that things move quickly in football. I just want to perform well and focus on football and on working hard. But even when I was at Sassuolo I never set out to play defensive football against anyone. We won’t change our way of playing just because the stakes are higher. We’ll play attacking football and try to take the game to our opponents. We’re not going to come out and start making bold statements,’ he said. ‘We just need to get our heads down and focus on working hard. That’s what will get us results. I know what the fans would like, and what we’d all like.” He hinted he may changes some of his tactics for this new challenge “Obviously coaching at a smaller club is different to coaching at a big club and you might change tactics for that reason” Said Di Francesco. With the desperation of trying to stop Juventus Roma hope Di Francesco can finally find a way to stop the Old Lady from retaining the title. Di Francesco took Sassuolo from Serie B to an historic Europa league campaign despite going out in the group they weren’t expected to even be there. He has taking a team on a small budget to beyond their expectation. He is considered one of the best young managers In Italy he knows the environment Roma should be happy this was the best out of what Roma could have hoped for. Despite having manager a smaller club in the past it’s not an uncommon thing Conte and Allegri both were at small clubs before they become top managers this is a great addition for Roma.
Roma have long awaited the Return of Eusebio Di Francesco has finally come into fruition the 47- Year old was given a chance to return home by the club. The last time he was here it was as a player as he was a part of the 2000-2001 squad that won the Scudetto something Roma have been unable to recapture since then Di Francesco is hoping to bring back good times to Roma. He arrived in Rome in 1997 and left in 2001 making 168 appearances and scoring 14 goals in his greatest period as a player. He began his managerial career in 2008-2009 with Virtus Lanciano in Italy’s 2nd flight it would however be short lived as he was only in charge for 20 games the team struggled posting 6 wins 3 draws and 11 losses the club terminated his contract midseason. In the middle of the season after being sacked he would be appointed as Pescara boss with the aim of promoting them to Serie A. At Pescara in 61 games he managed 23 wins 17 draws and 21 losses a decent record considering he was fairly new to management. After spending a year and a half at Pescara he left on mutual consent he would get his first experience in Serie A. A season later as he took over as Lecce boss. It wouldn’t go well as he struggled for results as he only lasted 14 games only managing 2 wins 2 draws and 10 losses he would be sacked after only managing 8 points in 13 games. He would than take over at Serie B side Sassuolo in his first season in charge his rise would begin. He led Sassuolo to Promotion 2012-2013 winning 25 games scoring 78 games in that season. During his second season in Serie A once again didn’t go as well as he would have liked Di Francesco was sacked by Sassuolo after a year and a half. During that time he won 31 games getting 15 draws and 21 losses however it was brief as Sassuolo rehired him that march. He helped them escape relegation finishing 17th in the league getting 34 points. In his next season with Sassuolo the team drastically improved finishing comfortably as they finished 12th earing 15 points more than the previous season. He was really starting to look like a top manager in the following season history would be made. Sassuolo won 16 games earning 61 points the next season as Sassuolo had an historic 6th place finish finishing above top teams Lazio and Milan. They would be on the verge of a first ever European experience with the team getting into the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa league. They would top FC Luzern over the two legs getting into the playoff round and then in the playoff round they would blow past RED STAR Belgrade to earn a spot in the group stage of the Europa league. Di Francesco delivered history as they would get into Europe for the first time in club history. Sassuolo would draw with Athletic Bilbao, GENK and Rapid Wein but unfortunately would finish at the bottom of their group but they would get a win a game to make even more history. This last season they were unable to achieve the level that they displayed the previous season but had a very respectable season finishing 12th with 46 points. Di Francesco has proven he is worthy of a job the size of Roma he won a total of 83 games he left Sassuolo with a career record of 83-54-72 a very good record for a mid-table team he has earned the Roma job.
Di Francesco played for Roma from 1997-2001
Luciano Spalletti is handing Di Francesco an excellent team that pushed Juventus to breaking point last season. Getting second in Serie A last year with 87 points a team that scored 90 goals in the league and broke over 100 in all competitions this season broke records after records the had a nearly unstoppable offence. Roma are likely to lose Mouhamed Salah to Liverpool but despite that Di Francesco has a lot a great attacking options this core has ability to be a high scoring unit again this season with champions league football again for roma this season it’s important to have a squad capable of competing. With his arrival it is a very likely possibility that Sassuolo midfielder Lorenzo Pellegri will be also making a return as he has a 10Million buy back clause in his contract so the former Roman will also most likely be returning. It might not be the only one to join up with Roma either as the club has targeted Sassuolo’s winger Berardi as a potential replacement for Salah Di Francesco has said that he is considering a bid for the winger. There will be more than a few changes this season; during last year’s season Roma had four or five different formations that were used it’s expected to be very different this season under Di Francesco as he mainly uses the 4-3-3 formation we could see him experiment obviously as he has a much stronger team to his disposal a with a team with this amount of depth we could see some different formations but my guess is that Roma will mostly use a 4-3-3 formation. Given his style a play I can see another very successful season as he will look to try to build on what Luciano Spalletti did last season. The former Roma boss has backed his successor at Roma. “Di Francesco is one of the coaches who have made Italian football more attractive with his Sassuolo side.” Said Spalletti. He is definitely Roma’s man for the job he has proven what he can do with a smaller team without the weapons he has now; there’s no reason why he can’t be successful. At Sassuolo he succeeded with a small budget using the youth system progressing their youth development I expect him to do the same he will bring young talent through the Roma academy. His style of play will fit Roma very well his teams typically play with an attacking mentality well balanced team as well as a well-organized defense as I mentioned he prefers playing with four at the back. Roma have a lot of weapons on this team and should have no issues creating his tactics on the pitch with players like Dzeko, Nainggolan, El Shaarawy, Strootman and Paredes and more on the offence also with a strong defense led by Rudiger and Manolas this will be a team to watch out for in Europe and the league plus there is still business to be completed that will only add to the firepower roma have. Di Francesco has the team to deliver the greatness to Roma I believe he can WELCOME BACK.