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AS Roma Coach Steps Down

Luigi Del Neri has stepped down as coach of AS Roma after six months at the helm of the struggling Serie A club. He was the third coach signed by the club this season. Now there is a fourth.

Del Neri has been replaced by former Roma and national team star Bruno Conti, who has been in charge of the club's youth team. He was a key player on Italy's team that won the 1982 World Cup.

Del Neri's decision followed the team's 3-0 defeat Sunday at Cagliari, a result that pushed Roma away from the top four Champions League spots and 25 points away from league leaders AC Milan and Juventus.

Del Neri took over Roma in late September from Germany's Rudi Voeller, who lasted about one month. The club's choice at the beginning of the season, Cesare Prandelli, left the team before the start of the season to be with his sick wife.

Some information for this report provided by AP.