Roma fires Eusebio; Ranieri to return

Roma fires Eusebio; Ranieri to return

Porto converted a penalty awarded following a VAR review three minutes from the end of extra time to beat AS Roma 3-1 and reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday (March 6).

"We are delighted to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the club".

The Italian coach played six games for his favourite club in 1973/4 and returned as a coach in 2009/10 to finish second in the Serie A, before being dismissed the following season. "When Roma call you, it's impossible to say "no", he said.

Di Francesco's position at Roma has been under the scanner for several months due to their lacklustre league form this season, where they are fifth in the Serie A standings.

A native of Rome, Ranieri won a Premier League title in 2017 as manager of Leicester City and has an extensive coaching resume with clubs from all over the world including stints with Chelsea, Monaco, Atletico, Valencia, Juventus, Parma and Nantes.

"On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I'd like to thank Eusebio for his work and his commitment", team president Jim Pallotta said in a release.

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He led them to a second-place finish in 2010, with 80 points - just two fewer than eventual Treble-winners Inter Milan - but resigned the following February after Roma threw away a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 to Genoa, and Vincenzo Montella replaced him.

The top four from Serie A qualify for next season's Champions League.

Roma sacked Eusebio Di Francesco on Thursday. "We have 12 games left and we need to win as many of them as possible".

Roma sporting director Monchi also left the club earlier on Friday.

The 67-year-old took charge at the Stadio Olimpico in September 2009 and lasted for one and a half seasons.

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