“The new Roma Coach is 90 per cent likely to be foreign and should be announced in the middle of next week,” said Walter Sabatini.
The director of sport was in a meeting this afternoon at the club HQ and took a rather unusual step after dozens of journalists gathered outside the building.
He called Gazzetta dello Sport writer Andrea Pugliese in from the group and sent him back out five minutes later with a message to be relayed to the others.
“The new Coach will be announced in the middle of next week. He will not be Italian, but rather is 90 per cent likely to be foreign.
“It will certainly be a great Roma. Will he be a prestige Coach? Only people are prestigious. We are waiting for such a long time because we want to do things in the best possible way.”
This statement appears to rule out reports that Roberto Mancini would take over  after he was fired at Manchester City.
The other options right now are Laurent Blanc and current Lille Coach Rudi Garcia.