September 20, 2021

Roma announce Mourinho as new head coach

José Mourinho is to take over as manager of Roma next season, the Serie A club have announced. The Portuguese was sacked by Tottenham last month and is returning to Italy, where he had a successful spell with Internazionale.

Roma had earlier said that Paulo Fonseca would leave his role as coach at the end of this season.

“The club are delighted to announce an agreement has been reached with José Mourinho for him to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season,” Roma said.

Mourinho was at Inter for two seasons from 2008-09, winning Serie A twice and the Champions League before departing for Real Madrid.

Roma are seventh this season and unlikely to finish any higher. On Thursday they play at home to Manchester United in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final, trailing 6-2.

The club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin said: “We are thrilled and delighted to welcome José Mourinho into the AS Roma family. A great champion who has won trophies at every level, José will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.

“The appointment of Jose is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club.”

The club said when announcing Fonseca’s departure: “We are building a path to success at Roma, and Paulo has played an important role in that.”

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