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Rudi Garcia pays price for Roma setbacks

Rudi Garcia has left Roma after failing to build on the great promise of his first two seasons, when a record start of ten straight Serie A wins helped the side to a runners-up spot.

Rudi Garcia has stepped aside as Roma coach
Rudi Garcia has stepped aside as Roma coach ©AFP/Getty Images

Roma have parted company with coach Rudi Garcia in the wake of Saturday's 1-1 home draw with AC Milan, which left the Giallorossi fifth in Serie A, seven points adrift of leaders Napoli.

"I'm a football man – I know these things happen in the life of a coach," former Lille boss Garcia, who joined Roma in June 2013, said on Monday. The 51-year-old led Roma to a record ten straight Serie A wins at the start of his first season, but his side's club-record 85 points that term were not enough to deny Juventus the title.

Garcia's men again finished second to Juventus in 2014/15, yet while Roma have made it to this season's UEFA Champions League round of 16 – where they meet Real Madrid – last month they suffered a shock shoot-out defeat by Spezia in the Coppa Italia's last 16.