Roma chief: Garcia can be our Ferguson

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Roma President James Pallotta has declared that Giallorossi boss Rudi Garcia can be the club's equivalent of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Rudi Garcia can stay at Roma for 'at least 10 years' and become their Sir Alex Ferguson, according to club chief James Pallotta.

French tactician Garcia has enjoyed a successful start to life in the Eternal City and masterminded a record-breaking 10 consecutive wins to open the Serie A campaign.

Since then things have slowed a little with draws against Torino, Sassuolo and Cagliari allowing Juventus to leapfrog the Lupi at the top, but Pallotta is still delighted with Garcia's efforts.

"It was my decision to sack Zdenek Zeman as I wasn't happy with what happened for the last five months," Pallotta told Soccer Italia. 

"Zeman had a great history in the game but his style didn't suit me and wasn't what I wanted.

"His assistant Aurelio Andreazzoli knew he would stay only as interim coach as long as we didn't win every game and that wasn't going to happen!

"He did great work and is still here with us today being very useful on a technical level.

"And it was obviously also my idea to appoint Garcia. I asked our sporting director Walter Sabatini for the details of coaches who were available but hadn't been in Italy.

"We wanted to do something different and unique with a coach who could stay at Roma for at least 10 years, using the Alex Ferguson model at Manchester United."

Garcia has commented in the press that he is enjoying life at Roma and would like to stay for a long time but whether he is willing to commit to a decade remains to be seen.

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