Paulo Fonseca will step down as Roma coach at the end of the season, the Serie A club confirmed on Tuesday.
“On behalf of everyone at AS Roma, we would like to thank Paulo Fonseca for his hard work and leadership over the past two years,” said President Dan Friedkin, who took over the club last summer. .
“Paulo has guided the team through many challenges, including the Covid pandemic and a change in ownership, and has done so with selfless integrity and great character. “
Former Juventus, Napoli and Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri is the favorite to take over the three-time Italian champion who last won Serie A in 2001 and has been without a trophy since 2008, media reports. .
Fonseca, 48, joined the club in 2019 on a two-year contract with the option for a third year should the club reach the Champions League next season.
The club finished fifth in the last Serie A campaign and are currently seventh, nine points behind city rivals Lazio, sixth and with a game in hand.
Roma follow Manchester United 6-2 against the Premier League in Thursday’s second leg of their Europa League semi-final in the Italian capital.
“Over the past two years we’ve had a number of ups and downs, but I’ve always given my all for this club and this city – a city that has always been so welcoming,” said Fonseca.
“We still have a few very important games ahead of us this season that we want to win, and we will continue to give our all to make it happen. “
Fonseca replaced Claudio Ranieri, who had a brief stint as manager after Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked in January 2019.
Di Francesco had guided the club to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2018.
Fonseca, a Portuguese national born in Mozambique, previously coached Shakhtar Donetsk where he won the league and cup double in all three seasons with the Ukrainian club.
He also won the Ukrainian Super Cup in 2017.
Fonseca has also coached Portuguese clubs such as Pacos Ferreira, Braga and Porto.
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