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AS Roma sack manager Rudi Garcia after a string of poor results

The club are close to appointing Luciano Spalletti for a second spell in the Italian capital, according to reports. Roma have slipped to fifth place after one win in their last seven league games. (Getty Images)

The club are close to appointing Luciano Spalletti for a second spell in the Italian capital, according to reports. Roma have slipped to fifth place after one win in their last seven league games. (Getty Images)

The club are close to appointing Luciano Spalletti for a second spell in the Italian capital, according to reports. Roma have slipped to fifth place after one win in their last seven league games.

Rome: AS Roma have sacked manager Rudi Garcia after a run of poor results, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.

The club are close to appointing Luciano Spalletti for a second spell in the Italian capital, according to media reports.

After briefly going to the top of Serie A early this season, Roma have slipped to fifth after one win in their last seven league games.

"AS Roma announces that it has relieved the first-team manager Rudi Garcia and his assistants Frederic Bompard and Claude Fichaux," the club said in a statement on its website (www.asroma.com).

Garcia had been in charge of Roma since 2013.

"We have had positive times together, but we think this is the right moment to change," president James Pallotta said.

Spalletti, who was in charge of Roma between 2005 and 2009, has been out of work since being sacked by Russia's Zenit St Petersburg in 2014.

Reports in Italy say he has agreed personal terms and accepted an 18-month contract, with the appointment expected to be announced on Thursday.

first published:January 13, 2016, 17:29 IST