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Claudio Ranieri cried as Roma fans sang his name during his last game as manager

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AS Roma can expect another summer of upheaval now that the Serie A season has ended. 

The departure of the legendary Daniele De Rossi after 18 years and 616 games will create a void that the club will struggle to fill. 

The 35-year-old was not the only one saying goodbye against Parma either. 

Claudio Ranieri's second stint in the capital has been far shorter than that of his outgoing captain, but he has resurrected a unique bond with the supporters nonetheless. 

The former Leicester and Fulham boss originally signed a contract until the end of the season. 

There was talk of that contract being renewed, though in truth the Giallorossi's form has been patchy even since his return. 

However, with three games of the campaign left to play, the Italian confirmed the inevitable.

Ranieri says goodbye 

"I came to Roma because my reaction to getting the call from the club, as a Roma fan, was one of excitement and eagerness to help," he said, via the Daily Mail.

"My job here runs until the end of the season. When these three games are over, my work here will be over."

At least that meant the Stadio Olimpico had the chance to wish him farewell properly and it clearly touched Ranieri, who fought back tears as the fans sang his name. 

He really is one of football's true gentlemen. 

Ranieri's task upon his appointment was simple - to at least ensure his men put in a decent attempt at qualifying for the Champions League.

That they did, and while the campaign has ultimately ended in disappointment - Inter Milan claimed the final top four spot with a victory that simultaneously relegated Empoli - he enjoyed a special rapport with supporters.

AS Roma v Parma Calcio - Serie A

Ranieri and De Rossi's final game ended with a 2-1 victory, though it wasn't enough, courtesy of Diego Perotti's 89th-minute winner. 

It might be too much to hope for any long-term stability - Ranieri becomes the fifth manager to depart in six years - but Roma need to give their next boss some serious thought. 

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