Jose Mourinho spent two seasons from 2008 to 2010 in Italy as Inter’s head coach. Now, more than a decade later, Mourinho will return to Italy as Roma’s manager.
Just two weeks ago, Tottenham Hotspur fired Jose Mourinho as their head coach due to poor performances across the season.
Now, ironically, Mourinho will return to Italy as Roma’s manager to replace Paulo Fonseca. Fonseca was himself fired today for a less-than-stellar performance in his second season.
To add to the curious circumstances, Roma didn’t just appoint Mourinho mere hours after sacking Fonseca. They did so two days after he said he was relaxed, on holiday, and would wait before returning to football.
Roma’s Words for Mourinho
The Portuguese coach will take charge of Roma from 2021-22 on a three-year contract. He may even join early, before this season ends.
And president Dan Friedkin has welcomed Mourinho in a statement released on the club’s official website.
He, along with vice-president Ryan Friedkin, has said: “We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho into the AS Roma family.”
“A great champion who has won trophies at every level, Jose will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project,” their joint statement read.
“The appointment of Jose is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club.”
Mourinho’s Words for Roma
Jose Mourinho, who wasted no time in finding another club to coach, in turn thanked the Roma team.
He said: “Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision.”
“After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma,” he shared. “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,” he added.
“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!”