AS Roma general manager Franco Baldini and sporting director Walter Sabatini have given coach Luis Enrique their full backing, as the capital club try to reverse their fortunes after a difficult start.
Roma suffered their fourth defeat in nine league matches with a 3-2 loss against AC Milan last Saturday, leading to people questioning Enrique’s long-term credentials under new owner Thomas Di Benedetto’s at the Stadio Olimpico.
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But the Spaniard has received a big vote of confidence ahead of Saturday evening’s trip to Novara.
“Luis Enrique is responding 100 percent to our expectations and those of our players,” Sabatini said at a book launch on Monday.
“We are going through a transitional phase, but we have not lost a game without having been able to win. We understand that people are losing patience, but Luis Enrique is not the bearer of our problems.
“It is an ambitious project and, despite the lack of results, we will continue to support Luis Enrique.”
Despite a disappointing start to the campaign – sitting in 13th place in the Serie A table – Roma will still be expected to beat lowly Novara.
The Piedmont club secured their return to the Italian top flight after an absence of 55 years but they have struggled to make a real impact, languishing in 18th position.
In team news, Novara coach Attilio Tesser almost has a full squad to choose from, with only long-term absentee Samir Ujkani ruled out.
Roma don’t have any major concerns but they will miss long-term absentee Cicinho. Francesco Totti and Alesandro Rosi should come into the squad after returning from thigh and ankle injuries respectively but the key duo are unlikely to start.
The action gets underway at 19.45pm on Saturday and it will be interesting to see how Roma and Enrique can handle the pressure.