While Roma certainly prefers to drag these things out, I'm certain many of us would've waited an eternity for today's announcement. Following yesterday's official sacking of Rudi Garcia, the club took the next logical step and anointed his successor, Luciano Spalletti.
In typical club fashion, the official release was quick and to the point:
AS Roma are delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has been appointed the club's new head coach," read a club statement on the Lupi's official website.
The 56-year-old Italian arrived today at the club's training ground at Trigoria and has immediately taken charge of the team in advance of the next Serie A match against Verona at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday
Uncle Jimmy chimed in with his own welcome:
We are very excited to welcome Luciano Spalletti back to Roma. He is a proven winner with a strong track record of success. We are looking forward to working together to take Roma to where we believe it should be
After a couple of days jet setting back and forth across the Atlantic, Spalletti is already back at work, running his first training session at Trigoria since 2009, prepping his new squad for their weekend encounter with Hellas Verona. The official club site has plenty of photos up from this mornings session; Luciano's looking good in Nike.
Well, there you have it friends. Soak it in, the moment for which many of us have longed for several years is finally upon us, and for those skeptics among the crowd, give Spalletti some time to readjust to life in Roma and to properly mold the squad in his imagine before you leap to any conclusions.
Either way, its an exciting time in the old city tonight.