Baldini leaves Roma by mutual consent

06 June 2013 10:19

Sporting director Franco Baldini has left AS Roma by mutual consent, the Serie A club announced Thursday.

Baldini, who in recent days said he took some of the responsibility for the Roman side's mediocre results the past two seasons, has been replaced by Walter Sabatini.

The news comes amid intense rumours that former France coach Laurent Blanc is set to step in as coach to replace Aurelio Andreazzoli.

A statement from Roma, citing the club's American president James Pallotta, said: "We thank Franco Baldini for his service to AS Roma over the past two seasons. He played an important role in the launch of our project.

"We wish him well in his future endeavours."

Roma finished sixth in Serie A last season and out of the European places. A Europa League place was up for grabs in the Italian Cup, however the Giallorossi lost the final to city rivals Lazio.

Baldini said: "I want to thank AS Roma's ownership for the opportunity to work together. I have enjoyed my time in Rome and wish the best to the club, the players and fans.

Club CEO Italo Zanzi said: "AS Roma's top priority continues to be success on the field.

"We are very confident in our future and look forward to building on the excellent talent base that we have assembled over the last two years.

"Walter Sabatini and I will work closely with President Pallotta as we finalise our coaching staff and player roster for this season."

Source: AFP

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