Jose Mourinho will take over the post of Roma’s coach from next season on a three-year deal, the Serie A club announced on Tuesday. Mourinho, who was sacked by Premier League club Tottenham last month, will replace fellow Portuguese Paulo Fonseca who will leave Roma at the end of the current campaign. Mourinho returns to Italy, where he led Inter Milan in 2010. The 58-year-old won the Champions League with Porto in 2004, Chelsea with Real Madrid in 2012 and three Premier League titles with La Liga.
Mourinho, who led Manchester United to the Europa League in 2017, has signed a contract with Roma that runs until 30 June 2024.
“We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho to the AS Roma family,” said club president Dan Friedkin and vice president Ryan Friedkin.
“A great champion who has won the trophy at every level, Jose will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.
“Jose’s appointment is a huge step forward in building a long-term and consistently winning culture throughout the club.”
Mourinho has claimed 25 major trophies so far in his career and joins a club that has not won Serie A since 2001.
“Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and be part of their vision,” Mourinho said in a statement.
“It is the same ambition and campaign that has always inspired me and together we want to build a winning project in the coming years.
“The unbelievable passion of Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I can’t wait for the next season to begin.”
‘one of the largest’
Mourinho is one of only three managers to win the Champions League with two different clubs, an achievement he has also repeated in the Europa League.
“When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to talk 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 primary focus is always on the next one. He has the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels is. “
Earlier Roma confirmed that Fonseca would leave the club after two years with the three-time Italian champions who have been trophy-less since 2008.
The 48-year-old Fonseca joined the club in 2019 on a two-year contract with a third-year option when he reached the Champions League next season.
The club finished fifth in the Serie A final campaign and are currently seventh, nine points behind city rival Lazio who are in sixth place and have a game in hand.
Roma beat Mourinho’s former club Manchester United 6–2 to enter the second leg of their Europa League semi-finals in the Italian capital.
Fonseca replaced Claudio Ranieri, who had a brief time as coach, after sacking Eusebio Di Francesco in January 2019.
Di Francesco guided the club to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018.
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