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Zeman refutes resignation speculation

Roma head coach Zdenek Zeman has rejected suggestions he might resign after his side’s 4-2 home defeat at the hands of Cagliari.

Zeman’s future in the Italian capital has been under intense speculation over the past week with his team having yet to win in Serie A this year.

But having received the backing of Roma’s board in the lead-up to Friday’s loss, Zeman dismissed suggestions from journalists after the game that he would reassess his position at the club following his team’s third league defeat at the Stadio Olimpico this season.

“I won’t resign because of one bad game,” Zeman told Sky Italia.

“I have not spoken with anyone from the board but they will ultimately make the final decision.”

Zeman took over as Roma head coach at the start of the season, returning to the club he managed in the late 90s with much fanfare as the club’s fans predicted an era of success under the 65-year-old Czech, who is renowned for free-flowing, attacking football.

But while Zeman’s return to Serie A and Roma was the romantic story in the lead-up to the 2012-13 season, it may not have a fairytale ending as the capital club sit eighth in the table, nine points off the UEFA Champions League qualifying spots in Italy.

After last week’s 3-3 draw away to relegation-threatened Bologna, Roma’s director of football Walter Sabatini admitted the club needed to ‘start asking ourselves some questions and… also think about a change of coach’.

On Tuesday, after a meeting with Zeman, Sabatini backed the Czech but the loss to Cagliari has ensured the speculation surrounding Roma’s head coach position will remain at least for another week.

Sat 2 Feb, 2013
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