Roma Women have wasted no time in appointing their successor to Betty Bavagnoli in the dugout, as Alessandro Spugna has taken charge.
Spugna guided Empoli to a sixth-placed finish in the 2020-21 Serie A Femminile, six points behind Roma. He has also previously worked in Juventus’ youth ranks.
After Bavagnoli stepped up to the more senior role of Head of Women’s Football, Spugna has been confirmed as her replacement on the touchline.
“First and foremost I would like to congratulate Betty, the staff and all the girls for their deserved victory in the Coppa Italia,” Spugna told the club website.
“I would also like to thank AS Roma for the great opportunity they have given me. It’s an honour to be chosen to oversee the continuation of such an important project.
“I am joining a unique, prestigious club with a strong squad of players and incredibly passionate fans – and all in the most beautiful city in the world too. I cannot wait to get started!”
The 47-year-old will be under contract for the following season. His predecessor Bavagnoli, who now has influence over all aspects of the women’s department, explained why they chose him.
“We chose Alessandro for his values as both a coach and a person, and we are confident that he is the right individual to begin a new chapter for the club,” she said.
“Alessandro is a young coach but he has already acquired a lot of experience. His ambition will be crucial as we continue to develop and improve, both as a team and as a club.”