AS Roma coach Claudio Ranieri reacts during a Serie A soccer match between Genoa and AS Roma at the Genoa Luigi Ferraris stadium, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. Genoa won 4-3 - Scanpix
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Mayor calms Roma fears

Mayor calms Roma fears

By Eurosport
Last update 21/02/2011 at 20:51 - Published on 21/02/2011 at 20:43
By Eurosport - 21/02/2011 at 20:51

Claudio Ranieri quitting as coach of Roma and violent fan unrest will not put off an American consortium from trying to buy the indebted Serie A club, Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno said.

The mayor has been a central figure in the drawn-out sale process of the club, with U.S. group Di Benedetto given an exclusive 30-day window to discuss a purchase of Roma.

Ranieri quit on Sunday following fan protests and after eighth-placed Roma went down 4-3 at Genoa having been 3-0 up. They also lost 3-2 at home in a Champions League first leg to last 16 debutants Shakhtar Donetsk last week.

"I think we are talking about a consortium made up of experts who won't be scared," Alemanno told reporters.

Roma bosses were holding a meeting with Ranieri and the squad on Monday to decide who to appoint as coach with youth team boss Vincenzo Montella the fans' favourite and Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti long linked in the media.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has praised Ranieri for showing "responsibility and dignity" by resigning.

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