Monday September 5 2011
Rossi rejects Roma rumours

Delio Rossi has dismissed suggestions that he's ready to replace Luis Enrique on the Roma bench should the latter be shown the door.

The out of work tactician is being linked with the Giallorossi hotseat after Enrique's problematic start to life at the Stadio Olimpico.

"Roma have gone for a young, but important Coach," the former Palermo boss told Rete Sport on Monday.

"If they chose him then it means that they are convinced that they can count on him. He needs to be shown some patience.

"Luis Enrique has brought some new ideas with him and I'll follow with interest what happens to them.

"I've not seen a Roma game yet, but I think that the Coach will have to adapt to the players that he has at his disposal."

The link with Roma has emerged given the presence of sporting director Walter Sabatini in the capital, a man who worked with Rossi at Palermo for a time.

"I have a friendly relationship with Sabatini and I respect his work," Rossi continued. "However, I've not heard from him since I left Palermo in the summer."

The former Salernitana boss also gave his judgment on Simon Kjaer, the ex-Palermo stopper who joined Roma on deadline day.

"He's the strongest defender that I have ever coached," he added. "I'm convinced that he's ideal for Luis Enrique's Roma."

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