AS Roma Women have announced a contract extension for head coach Alessandro Spugna which will keep him at the club until at least 2024.
The 49-year-old’s new contract was officially announced by the club on Thursday morning and will run until June 30, 2024.
Spugna became Roma’s coach ahead of the 2021/22 season and has had a very successful time leading the Giallorosse.
Spugna’s time at AS Roma
The Italian guided Roma to the 2021/22 Coppa Italia final where they were beaten by Juventus, he won the Supercoppa Italiana earlier in 2022 against Juventus, and he took the Giallorosse to second in the Serie A Femminile table last season.
After an incredible run of form in the latter half of the season, Roma finished just five points behind a dominant Juventus team led by Joe Montemurro.
This season, he has been in charge of Roma’s first-ever UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign and he guided the team to second place in a group that contained Wolfsburg, SKN St. Poelten and Slavia Prague.
It is a superb achievement and means that Roma have a quarter-final tie to look forward to which will be against either Chelsea, Arsenal or Barcelona. Whilst a defeat may well be on the cards, it represents a major step forward for Roma and also Italian women’s football for a Serie A Femminile side to be in the last eight of the UWCL for two seasons running.
Roma currently lead the way in Serie A Femminile, meaning that there is a serious chance that Spugna will be delivering a first-ever league title to Rome as well.
Spugna discusses AS Roma extension
The coach made it clear that the contract is very much the next step in the club’s continued development, rather than a point to stop and celebrate.
“Both myself and the club are keen to continue the great progress that began last season, progress that has already brought us significant results,” Spugna said in the official announcement.
“With the ambitions we have here we all want to reach some big targets, and that’s why I will give everything I have until those goals are reached.”
He took over the job from Betty Bavagnoli, who then became the club’s Head of Women’s Football. She also discussed the coach’s extension.
“This contract extension for Alessandro is the natural result of the fine job he has done up to now, one navigated with great focus and professionalism – and superb results on the pitch too,” said Bavagnoli.
“Alessandro has shown his passion, ambition and aptitude for the job and has put all of those qualities to work for a team that wants to achieve big things.”