James Pallotta has thanked ‘gentleman’ Claudio Ranieri for steadying the ship at Roma and the club’s fans for giving Daniele De Rossi an ‘incredible’ reception.
Ranieri was left in tears as Roma fans paid a brilliant tribute to their manager in his final game in charge of his boyhood club on Sunday.
Roma beat Parma 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in their final game of the season to finish sixth in Serie A and Europa League qualification following a tough campaign both domestically and in Europe.
Ranieri returned to Roma in March after replacing Eusebio di Francesco, who was sacked after the club’s 4-3 aggregate defeat by Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League.
During the victory over Parma, the Roma supporters displayed a touching sign to the former Leicester boss, which read: ‘Mr. Ranieri, in our moment of dire need, you have answered. Now, you receive the homage of your people.’
And Ranieri was visibly left inconsolable as he lapped up the special praise from the Roma faithful on the weekend after signing a deal until the end of the season.
De Rossi, meanwhile, ended 19 years of service to the club during Sunday’s 2-1 win against Parma, although Pallotta was nowhere to be seen at the Olimpico.
“When we needed someone to come in during a very difficult situation, Claudio immediately said yes,” tweeted the President from the Giallorossi’s official account.
“He’s not only a great Coach and professional but a true gentleman and forever Romanista. On behalf of everyone at the club, I want to say thank you.
“I’d also like to thank the supporters in the stadium for giving Daniele the farewell he so richly deserved last night
“After representing the supporters on the pitch for 18 years, the outpouring of love and support from everyone for him was incredible.”