Friday May 11 2012
Luis Enrique will leave, confirm Roma

Roma director general Franco Baldini has admitted that they are looking for a new Coach to replace Luis Enrique.

The Spaniard yesterday told his squad that he would be leaving at the end of the campaign and he’ll address the media in a Press conference tomorrow.

“Luis Enrique wanted to officially tell the players first,” Baldini told Sky Sport Italia. “We’ve known for some time.

“After the game against Fiorentina [on April 25] we had a long chat and he told us of his intentions.

“We think he’s done a good job and that is why we invited him to take his time and end the championship before making a final choice.”

The former Barcelona B boss was brought to the capital last summer to deliver a new kind of football to the Italian game.

“The Roma project hasn’t failed,” the former England official continued. “The results haven’t arrived, but the type of football that we have played is what we were looking for from the start.”

Reports over the last few days have suggested that the Giallorossi could bring back Catania’s Vincenzo Montella, the man Enrique replaced a year ago.

“Since I was told by Luis Enrique that he wouldn’t stay, it was our job to think about alternatives,” Baldini continued.

“We’ve considered a lot of names, but nobody has been contacted yet because the time wasn’t right. I don’t know when the new Coach will be announced.

“Pep Guardiola? He was a dream, but to see him at Roma would be science fiction.”

Baldini, who added that he had no intention of resigning, also assured fans that new players would arrive in the summer.

“I know that the American owners want to invest to make this club great again.”