Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April after just 17 months in charge of the Premier League. The announcement of his appointment by Roma came just hours after the club confirmed that current boss Paulo Fonseca will leave at the end of the current campaign.
This will be the Portuguese manager’s second stint in Serie A, after spending two seasons with Inter Milan before moving to Real Madrid in 2010.
“After meetings with the property and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma,” Mourinho said on the club’s website.
“It is the same ambition and the same dynamism that have always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project in the years to come.
“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to take the job and I can’t wait to start next season. “
Mourinho won back-to-back Serie A titles with Inter, completing a hat-trick – which included a Champions League triumph – in his last season with the club.
The 58-year-old struggled to make an impact on Spurs and was sacked for the third time in six seasons by a Premier League club, following dismissals from Chelsea – during his second stint at the club – and Manchester United.
Despite this, Roma were drawn to the 25 major trophies Mourinho has won in his career and wasted no time in making a deal after his departure from Tottenham.
Roma “blown away by Jose’s desire to win”
“When Jose became available we immediately jumped at the opportunity to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time,” said Roma general manager Tiago Pinto.
“We were blown away by Jose’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he won, his main goal is always the following. He has the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.
“We know that to build a successful sports project, it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are extremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, both for our immediate and long term future. . “
Roma are set to miss out on Champions League qualification for next season as they sit seventh in Serie A with four games of the season, while their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League final have come down. practically ended in a 6-2 semi-final. – leg loss to Manchester United last week.
Serie A losses on either side of that Old Trafford beating have made it six games without a win in all competitions for the Fonseca side.
Fonesca, who is also Portuguese, was on a two-year contract which was due to expire at the end of the season.
Pinto added: “I would like to thank Paulo for all his hard work for the club over the past two seasons.
“Although the results were not always there on the pitch, we know that he left many positive elements that will continue to contribute to our development – like the many talented young players that he has encouraged and improved, and our progress in Europe. League this season.
“We are building a path to success in Rome, and Paulo has played an important role in that. “
Carra: Mourinho finished in Premier League
Mourinho had hinted at a quick comeback, recounting Sky Sports News when asked if he wanted to take a break from the game: “No need. I am still in football. “
But Jamie Carragher said he felt ‘the ship has sailed’ into Mourinho’s managerial career in the Premier League and predicted a return to Italy.
“I don’t see Mourinho back in the Premier League, I think this ship has sailed now,” he said on Monday night football.
“I find it hard to think of any club – he’s been to Spurs so he’s not going to Arsenal, he’s been to United so he’s not going to City, Liverpool wouldn’t have him.
“Would he go to the middle of the table club?” I don’t see him there, really not. It’s either international football or Italy. “
“The Italian champions this year will be Inter Milan, with Antonio Conte playing his kind of football – so maybe you can get away with it a little bit more in Italy because it was definitely a turning point for them. Spurs supporters. “
How Spurs’ Jose bet failed …
Peter Smith de Sky Sports:
Daniel Levy and Jose Mourinho have rolled the dice with the appointment of the Portuguese as manager of Tottenham. Seventeen months later, the bet has categorically not borne fruit for both camps.
The shock was not in his departure but in the timing of it, a few days before the club’s Carabao Cup final with Manchester City at Wembley.
After all, Mourinho was brought in to the club to turn Tottenham into silverware winner – but with Spurs on track to finish outside the top four for the second season in a row, criticized for their football’s negativity and uncertainty. surrounding the future of many key players, Levy drastically shut down the project.
“It was a surprisingly quick move on the part of the Spurs president, given that in November 2019 he made the big decision to trade Spurs’ historic style and panache for a more ruthless advantage under Mourinho, a manager that he had been targeting for a long time. time. The goal was to turn Mauricio Pochettino’s overly nice almost-men into battle-ready winners.
But it was also a calculated risk on Mourinho’s side. After the damage caused by his tenure at Manchester United, he bet his reputation on a Spurs side that he initially described as “very, very good” – but knowing he would not have the power to transformer purchase he had previously in old clubs.
“At the end of it all, Levy faces Spurs supporters rebelling in two failed campaigns, in which only fleeting moments of individual brilliance have illuminated an anti-ambition approach to the game unfavorable to risk. Still no major silverware and now no flair.
Add to that the contemptuous reaction from club supporters to Spurs signing up for the European Super League and Levy’s popularity has plummeted. And while Mourinho fought hard to defend his reputation, but his status as a top-level modern-day coach has diminished …
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