Saturday February 2 2013

It is now official, Roma have sacked Coach Zdenek Zeman after last night’s 4-2 home defeat to Cagliari and handed the reins temporarily to Aurelio Andreazzoli.

Andreazzoli is a 59-year-old technique coach who has worked with Luciano Spalletti, Vincenzo Montella, Luis Enrique and Zeman.

The decision was made following three hours of crisis talks this morning between a set of Giallorossi directors including Franco Baldini, Walter Sabatini and Italo Zanzi.

Baldini phoned President James Pallotta in Boston overnight to discuss the situation, which had become untenable after a shock 4-2 home defeat to Cagliari.

Over 500 fans protested outside the stadium after the game, which saw the Giallorossi slide further down the standings.

Reports continue to swirl around on who will be the long-term replacement for Zeman, as there are rumours Laurent Blanc turned down the job.

Marco Giampaolo and Walter Novellino have been mentioned as caretaker managers until the end of the season.