Garcia to coach Roma

Frenchman Rudi Garcia has been appointed the new coach of Roma, the Serie A club announced on today. The 49-year-old will leave Lille after five seasons in the north of France to move to the Italian capital on a two-year deal, although the contract has not yet been signed. 

"We are very excited and confident that Rudi Garcia is the right coach for AS Roma," club president James Pallotta told their official website. "He is a proven winner with a great football mind who we believe fits in perfectly with our vision for the future."

Garcia led Lille to a league and cup double in 2011 but his side missed out on European qualification in the season just finished and has departed with one year of his contract remaining.

He becomes the first Frenchman to take charge of Roma, who also failed to qualify for Europe after losing to city rivals Lazio in the Coppa Italia final. Aurelio Andreazzoli had been in charge of the side since Zdenek Zeman's departure in February.