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Spalletti backing Andreazzoli to shine

February 4, 2013
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Zenit St Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti says Aurelio Andreazzoli "deserves Roma's faith" and backed him to succeed after being placed in temporary charge of the struggling Giallorossi.

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PA PhotosLuciano Spalletti spent more than four years in charge of Roma

Andreazzoli was surprisingly appointed as the club's coach following Saturday's decision to sack Zdenek Zeman after a poor run of results.

And Spalletti, who departed as Roma boss in 2009, believes his former assistant can draw on his experience at the club to be a huge success.

"I consider it a very intelligent choice," he told Sky Italia. "He knows Roma well, has lived in the city for eight years and has the spirit of a Romanista. By sitting in the background over all these years he was able to gain experience, forming his own ideas. He can be the right man for the job.

"When I went to Zenit St Petersburg, he decided to remain with Roma. He deserves this chance and the time to work without having to hand over to anyone else. He is not a caretaker. Andreazzoli knows the 4-2-3-1 we used very well and looking at the current squad it could be used again. He deserves Roma's faith and the club knows that the players have faith in him."

Spalletti - who won two Coppa Italias during his time at Roma - has been linked with a return to the club following Zeman's exit, but the Italian insists he is happy in Russia.

"Only a few months ago I signed a three-year contract," Spalletti said. "I am happy at Zenit and for the moment my reply is that I will stay at Zenit. Of course I am disappointed to see what has happened to Roma. I had always been excited by Zeman!"