Claudio Ranieri has tonight resigned as manager of AS Roma.
The former Chelsea and Valencia boss has made the decision following today’s debacle away against Genoa, which saw Roma let a three-goal lead slip, before succumbing to a 4-3 defeat.
An outstanding first 50 minutes saw the Romans stun the crowd at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, with goals from defensive duo Philippe Mexes and Nicolas Burdisso, and a strike from club captain Francesco Totti.
However, just a minute after Totti had put his side three up, the rot set in as Rodrigo Palacio, Genoa’s Argentinian international forward, pulled a goal back, before turning provider for Alberto Paloschi to make it 3-2.
Palacio then helped himself to a second to level the scores, before young Italian striker Paloschi turned home a winner with just four minutes remaining.
Following the game the Roma board let it be known that they were reviewing the managerial situation at the club, following their fourth successive defeat.
But Ranieri has beaten the clubs board to the punch, by tendering his resignation this evening, and the former Chelsea boss, 59, has revealed that he said his farewells to the clubs players in the dressing room following today’s match.
“I’ve always thought about the good of Roma and after a game such as today’s I believe it’s right to give a signal,” he said.
“After the final whistle I went into the changing rooms to thank the team and I decided to hand in my resignation.”
Roma have struggled this season in Serie A, and currently lie in 8th place, some nine points behind the Champions League places, after an inconsistent season.
Furthermore, they also appear on the verge of being knocked out of the Champions League after a 3-2 home defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, when they succumbed to three goals in a twelve minute spell.
The cash-strapped club are currently in talks with American consortium DiBenedetto, who have a 30-day exclusivity period for talks to purchase the club, so no new manager is expected to be forthcoming just yet.
Current chairwoman Rosella Sensi is set to make a statement with regards to the managerial situation tomorrow.