Daniele De Rossi appointed the new manager of Serie B side SPAL

PARMA, ITALY - MARCH 25: Assistant coach of Italy Daniele De Rossi warms up ahead before the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifying match between Italy and Northern Ireland on March 25, 2021 in Parma, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Former Roma midfielder and captain Daniele De Rossi has officially accepted his first head coaching job.

The 39 year-old has been named the new manager of Serie B side SPAL, signing a two-year contract with the club that runs until June 2024. The Ferrara-based side announced the news on their social media networks less than one day after they sacked former manager Roberto Venturato.

Club president and former Roma executive Joe Tacopina sacked Venturato yesterday evening following the team’s 2-0 loss to Frosinone.

It’ll be De Rossi’s first managerial role following his retirement as a player in January of 2020. Since then he’s spent time with the Italian national team as a part of Roberto Mancini’s staff and was a member of the team’s Euro 2020 victory.

Never hiding his managerial aspirations, De Rossi was quickly linked to a host of clubs once he embarked on his coaching career, however, he never accepted any of the offers often claiming the timing wasn’t right.

SPAL, whose president is former Roma executive Joe Tacopina, were in search of a new manager after Roberto Venturato was relieved of his duties yesterday evening following the team’s 2-0 loss to Frosinone.

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