• February 26, 2024

Jose Mourinho named Roma boss from start of next season

Jose Mourinho previously directed Roma rivals Inter Milan in Serie A.

Jose Mourinho was named Roma manager from the beginning of next season.

The 58-year-old will replace Portuguese compatriot Paulo Fonseca, who the Roma announced on Tuesday that he would be leaving at the end of the current season.

Sacked by Tottenham on April 19, Mourinho has signed a three-year deal with the three-time Serie A champions.

“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to take the job and I can’t wait to start next season,” said Mourinho.

“Many thanks to the Friedkin family for choosing me to run this great club. After meeting the owner and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions.

“It’s the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a successful project,” added Mourinho, who has also directed Inter Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid outside of his home country.

Mourinho was fired after 17 months in charge of Spurs after a poor second half of the season in which the club in north London slipped from the top of the table to outside the European positions.

This season, for the first time in his managerial career, Mourinho suffered 10 losses in a single season.

Mourinho’s previous stint in Italian football was a successful one at Inter Milan, which resulted in four major awards in two years.

He won the Italian title twice, the second win being part of the club’s historic triple in the 2009-10 season, in which he also won the Champions League and Coppa Italia.

societyMain trophiesLeague place on arrival / departure
Postage (2002-04)Primeira Liga (x2), Champions League, Uefa Cup (now Europa League), Portuguese Cup5./1
Chelsea (2004-07 and 2013-15)Premier League (x3), FA Cup, League Cup (x3)2nd / 5th
Inter Milan (2008-10)Serie A (x2), Champions League, Italian Cup1st / 1st
Real Madrid (2010-13)La Liga, Copa del Rey2./2
Manchester United (2016-18)Europa League, League Cup5th / 6th
Tottenham (2019-21)None14./7

The Roma haven’t won Serie A since 2000-01, when former English coach Fabio Capello was in command. The club, which lost the European Cup final to Liverpool in its own stadium in 1984, also won the title in 1941-42 and 1982-83.

“When Jose became available, we immediately took the opportunity to speak to one of the greatest managers of all time,” said Pinto, general manager of Roma, seventh in Serie A.

“We were overwhelmed by Jose’s will to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he won, his focus is always on the next one. He has the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.”

“We are very confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, both for our immediate and long-term future.”

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