Jose Mourinho confirmed as new Roma manager after Tottenham sacking

Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new manager of Serie A side Roma.

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham last month after a disappointing season.

But he will now replace Paulo Fonseca when he steps down from the Italian club at the end of the season.

“When José became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time,” said Tiago Pinto, Roma’s General Manager.

“We were blown away by José’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.

Jose Mourinho will take over as Roma manager next season
Jose Mourinho will take over as Roma manager next season
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“We know that in order to build a successful sporting project it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are supremely confident that José will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future.

“Together with the vision and ambition of Dan and Ryan Friedkin, we will build the foundations of a new AS Roma.”

The former Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Porto and Inter Milan manager also claimed he had found the perfect project for a quick return to the game.

He said: “Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision.

Mourinho's 17 months at Tottenham came to an end on April 17
Mourinho’s 17 months at Tottenham came to an end on April 17
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“After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma.

“It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project over the upcoming years.

“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.

“In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciate that I will only speak further in due course. Daje Roma!”

Speaking after his abrupt Tottenham sacking, just days before the Carabao Cup final, Mourinho suggested he would waste no time in getting back into management.

Mourinho previously enjoyed huge success in Italy as Inter Milan manager
Mourinho previously enjoyed huge success in Italy as Inter Milan manager
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“No need,” he said, when asked by Sky Sports if he would take a break and recharge the batteries on the day he was sacked. “No need for breaks and batteries.”

Roma, who lost 6-2 to Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final last week, confirmed earlier today that Fonseca will leave at the end of the season.

“On behalf of everyone at AS Roma, we would like to thank Paulo Fonseca for the hard work and leadership shown during these two years,” President Dan Friedkin said.

“Paulo has led the team through several challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and a change of ownership, and he has done so with generosity, fairness and great character.

Mourinho will replace outgoing Roma boss Paulo Fonseca
Mourinho will replace outgoing Roma boss Paulo Fonseca

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and are confident he will represent a fantastic added value wherever he goes.”

Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto added: “I would like to thank Paulo for the work he has done at the club over the past two seasons,” Tiago Pinto said.

“Even if the results have not always emerged on the pitch, we are aware of the several positive elements he has left us and which will continue to help our growth, such as the many talented young players he has encouraged and improved, and our progress in the Europa League this season.

“At Roma, we are trying to build a path to success and I’m sure that Paulo has played his role in this process.”

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