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|Serie A Special: What do Roma need to improve next season?|
With the league season complete and the summer transfer season about to heat up, SoccerAnchor has decided to play Technical Director and believes Roma need to make certain changes in order to improve on the past campaign's results. Adrian Del Monte explains...
Roma's season of transformation was brought to a disappointing end last weekend, with a narrow 3-2 win over the already relegated Cesena away from home. The match not only confirmed their seventh place finish in the 2011-12 Serie A campaign, meaning yet another absence from the European arena, however it also marked the end of first year boss Luis Enrique.
The Spanish tactician was brought in to provide a new vision at the Giallorossi, under the club's new American owners. And with a full clean out 12 months ago, the immediate future looked very bright for the Romans both on and off the field. However the 2011-12 campaign brought anything but success for the club, as they struggled for consistency, struggled for publicity and consequently lost their coach after less than a year at the helm.
The summer transfer window provides the club with the perfect opportunity to rectify some of the issues that hampered their performances in the season just gone.
MUST: APPOINT THE BEST COACH AVAILABLE
It is absolutely crucial that the club's technical staff appoint a top line coach as soon as possible. Following the departure of Enrique, the Romans will need to bring in an experienced tactician, who will be able to take the squad to the next level. He will of course need time to sign and offload key players that will suit his style of play, which must be taken into consideration.
Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been linked with the role, while former club icon Vincenzo Montella is also being touted as a potential replacement, having had a successful season at Catania.
Villas-Boas would definitely be the riskier option of the two, however his links to particularly Porto in Portugal could result in the acquisition of a number of world class players. Montella would be a safe choice, and with a strong understanding of the club, would be a more than suitable acquisition.
Having recently quit as England boss however, Fabio Capello is available. Perhaps a shock return to the Italian capital could be on the cards?
MUST: SIGN A QUALITY CENTRE HALF
When you are forced to play your best central midfielder in the heart of defence, then it's evident there is a shortage of quality at the back. Roma leaked goals at times over the course of the campaign, so much so that statistically they had the seventh worst defensive record in the competition - conceding a whopping 54 goals in 38 games. That record is simply not good enough for a club aiming to be playing amongst Europe's elite in the UEFA Champions League.
Following the loss of Philippe Mexes, the Giallorossi failed to replace the Frenchman. Juan, who for so long formed a rock solid partnership with the AC Milan man, also struggled at times this season, with injuries limiting him to just 16 appearances. Gabriel Heinze was brought in for cover, but at 34 years of age, he isn't expected to go on for too much longer.
Given the fact that the club does not have the appeal of European football, signing a world class central defender is not an option this time around. However, the Lupi should focus on a player who has shown signs that he could become a key component of the club for the next five or six seasons.
Inter Milan's Italy international Andrea Ranocchia is one who could be given a lifeline at playing more regularly by making a move to the capital, as could Rubin Kazan's Salvatore Bocchetti.
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