Vote of confidence for under-fire Spalletti

October 7, 2008

Roma president Rosella Sensi has come out in defence of coach Luciano Spalletti and vowed to show the door to anyone at the club who openly criticises the under-fire tactician.

The capital club have won just twice in six games in Italy's top flight this season to leave last term's Serie A runners-up languishing in 14th place in the standings.

Roma slipped to their third away defeat of the season with Sunday's 1-0 reverse at Siena, a result which brought a juddering halt to a two-game winning run that took in victories over Atalanta in the league and Bordeaux in Europe.

This latest loss also raised fresh question marks over the future of Spalletti, but Sensi insists his job is safe.

"On Sunday, I heard many rumours regarding the relationship between Spalletti with the team and with the club," said Sensi.

"I want to clarify once and for all that Spalletti is our coach, that he is not under fire. If anyone needs to be blamed is the president.

"And if I find out that someone is rowing against Spalletti, I would intervene decisively and I would sent them away from Roma."

Sensi also denied rumours that AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti could replace Spalletti, saying: "Ancelotti will not come".