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Enrique non-committal over Roma future

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 29 Apr 2012

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Luis Enrique has no ‘definitive position’ on his future as manager of Roma, revealing that it will only be decided after the season.

The former Barcelona B team coach only arrived in the Italian capital last summer but speculation is rife that he could be forced out.

Roma are seventh in Serie A, four points off a Champions League place.

Roma director Franco Baldini hinted after Saturday night’s draw with Napoli that Luis Enrique will be given another year, while Rodrigo Taddei insisted the Spaniard retains the full support of the players.

But Enrique is unsure whether he will still be at the Stadio Olimpico next season.

“I do not have a definitive position on my future,” the 41-year-old coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“As far as I am concerned, Roma’s future is the next game with Chievo (on Tuesday) and I will be here at least until the end of the season.

“We’ll talk it over, so the club and I will decide my future at the end of the season.”

Enrique did claim, though, that Roma had proven to be a ‘real team’ in snatching a 2-2 draw with Napoli courtesy of a late goal from Fabio Simplicio.

“We have put in some performances that weren’t up to the task, but football is like that and we had a great first half,” the former midfielder said.

“The second had a psychological block, which was natural in the current situation.

“But I want to praise everyone, even those who did not play, because we proved we are a real team. It’s a shame we didn’t get the victory, but a point each is the right result.”

Taddei, meanwhile, feels the former Spain international deserves respect, and added the team has a good relationship with the 41-year-old.

“Luis Enrique deserves to be treated with respect. He’s a great guy and a good coach,” Taddei told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The team has an excellent rapport with him.”

Roma, who are seventh in the Serie A table with three games left, play Chievo on Wednesday.

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