Alberto De Rossi changes Roma role after legendary 19 seasons in charge of Primavera

Alberto De Rossi has vacated his role as Roma Primavera coach to become the club’s Head of Youth Coach Development.

De Rossi has led Roma’s under-19s for an incredible 19 seasons, during which that section of the youth setup has won three league titles and four other trophies.

Under his tutelage, the likes of Lorenzo Pellegrini and Alessandro Florenzi – two players who went on to succeed his own son, Daniele, as captain – have come through the ranks.

Now it will be someone else’s responsibility to lead the Primavera for the first time since 2003. However, De Rossi will retain a role with the club.

He is becoming the new Head of Youth Coach Development, through which he will help coaches working with players from under-15 to under-18 level.

De Rossi told the club website: “I am delighted to be able to continue my working relationship with this club, a relationship I consider to be unique and deeply felt.

“I immediately felt energised by the vision that was laid out to me by Vincenzo Vergine and the club, and I cannot wait to put my experience at the service of all of the coaches of age groups throughout Roma’s youth sector.”

De Rossi’s reign over the Primavera ended with an extra-time defeat to Inter in the Scudetto final.

This season, nine of the players he developed – including Pellegrini, Nicola Zalewski and Edoardo Bove – featured for the first team.

In total, De Rossi oversaw 740 matches in charge of the Primavera. For context, the first team went through 18 different managerial reigns during the length of his own tenure.

Now, he will influence the academy in a different way, continuing a working relationship that has lasted 29 years.

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