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Roma appoint former Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco as their new manager

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Roma have appointed former Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco as their new head coach, the Serie A club have confirmed.

The 47-year-old, who played for Roma for four seasons between 1997 and 2001, has signed a two-year contract with the capital club.

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Di Francesco served as Roma’s team manager in 2005-06 but truly made a name for himself during a celebrated five-year spell with Sassuolo, during which time he led them to Serie A for the first time in 2013.

Last season’s heroics has led the Modena outfit to new grounds of UEFA Europa League and this excellent triumph earned him the position of being appointed as Roma head coach.

Roma’s new sporting director Monchi singled out that Eusebio Di Francesco and his style of play, hee believe that he’s the right man for Roma.

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Di Francesco returns to Roma having previously represented the club during his playing days. The Pescara-born midfielder played for the Giallorossi for four seasons, joining the club in 1997 and leaving in the summer of 2001.

“I am extremely happy to be able to return to Roma, to coach a club that has always meant a lot to me,” Di Francesco said.

“I am grateful to President Pallotta and all the directors for this opportunity.I will give everything I have to make sure this team gets the results it deserves.”

For the last five seasons Di Francesco has been head coach of Sassuolo, guiding the club to promotion from Serie B in 2013 before steering the Neroverdi to an historic sixth-place finish and qualification for the Europa League in 2016.