Ranieri: I am not leaving Roma

Beleaguered Roma coach Claudio Ranieri says he has no intention

of leaving despite growing dissatisfaction with the team’s recent

performances.

Roma has lost three major matches in succession – to Inter Milan

and Napoli in the Serie A and Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions

League – and about 200 fans protested outside the training center

south of the city on Saturday.

Ranieri says “I am not jumping ship from Roma. I am not leaving

and I won’t be leaving at the end of the season either.”

Ranieri has already been criticized this season for indecision

over who his main strikers are, and leading scorer Marco Borriello

was seen arguing with the coach after he started on the bench

against Donetsk.

Roma is eighth in the Serie A standings, six points from the

last qualifying spot for the Champions League.