Jose Mourinho hired as Roma’s next manager

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Then Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho smiled during a match against Fulham on 4 March 2021.

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Jose Mourinho was appointed as coach of the Italian club Roma starting next season.

The club’s American owners announced that current coach Paulo Fonseca would leave at the end of this season. Mourinho’s contract is for three seasons.

“We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho to the AS Roma family,” said club president Dan Friedkin and vice president Ryan Friedkin. “A great champion who has won the trophy at every level, Jose will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.

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“Jose’s appointment is a major step in building a long-term and consistently winning culture throughout the club.”

Mourinho had previously coached at Serie A in Inter Milan, leading Nerjurri to a triple title in 2010 which included the Champions League.

Mourinho has also coached at Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham, from where he was fired last month.

“After ownership and meeting with (Roma General Manager) Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of his ambitions for AS Roma,” Mourinho said. It is the same ambition and campaign that has always inspired me and together we want to build a winning project in the coming years.

“The unbelievable passion of Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I can’t wait for the next season to begin.”

With seventh-placed Roma in Serie A, Fonseca was already under pressure to enter the Europa League semi-finals. Roma lost 6–2 in the first leg to Manchester United last week.

Fonseca will still coach Roma during the second leg at the Stadio Olympico on Thursday, along with the remaining four games in this Serie A.

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“I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciates that I will only speak further in a short period of time,” said Mourinho before adding a cheer to the local dialect: “Daje Roma!”


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