Fonseca up for Roma challenge

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New Roma coach Paulo Fonseca insists he never had any doubts about taking the job as he prepares to start work at the Stadio Olimpico.

New Roma coach Paulo Fonseca insists he never had any doubts about taking the job as he prepares to start work at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 46-year-old succeeds Claudio Ranieri in the Roma dugout after the Italian’s short stint towards the end of last season and has been charged with the task of bringing the good times back to the club.

They finished sixth last term to qualify for the Europa League but all is not well after Daniele De Rossi left and Francesco Totti’s departure from his position as director.

However, Fonseca seemed upbeat when speaking to Roma TV reporters at Fiumicino Airport.

‘I didn’t think twice (about the post),’ he said.

‘To be the coach of Roma is one of the goals of most managers in Europe.

‘As I have said, I am very content and motivated, and I want to build something special and different here with my ideas.

We can do great things.’

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