Not a month passed for José Mourinho to find a new job, after Roma confirmed his hiring and the Portuguese expressed his reasons for accepting the job
Jose Mourinho has made a surprise return to the bench after being announced as Roma’s new manager for next season on a three-year contract.
Mourinho was fired as Tottenham coach on April 19, but just days after leaving Spurs has he signed with the Serie A club.
“Thanks to the Friedkin family for choosing me to run this great club and be part of their vision.“said Mourinho.
“After meeting with the owner and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full scope of his ambitions for AS Roma. It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project for 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.
“In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciates that I will speak again in due course.”
The former coach of Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United will replace Paulo Fonseca, who will leave the club at the end of the season.
“We are delighted and delighted to welcome José Mourinho to the AS Roma family,” said club president Dan Friedkin and vice president Ryan Friedkin.
“A great champion who has won trophies at all levels, José will bring tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.
“José’s appointment is a big step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture across the club.“.
The news comes two days before Roma’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Manchester United, a game in which Roma are trailing 6-2 on aggregate. Sources close to ESPN had told ESPN that a move by Maurizio Sarri, the former Chelsea and Juventus coach, was “80% done” and that there was a verbal agreement, before Roma made the surprising Mourinho announcement.
Roma are seventh in Serie A and are 14 points behind a Champions League place and nine points behind their rival, Lazio.
The Serie A set represents the 10th club in the career of Mourinho, who began working as a coach in Portugal, managing Benfica, Uniao de Leiria and Porto, and his record there, including the 2004 Champions League title, led Chelsea to sign him in 2004. Since then he has managed Inter Milan (2008-10), Real Madrid (2010-13), Chelsea (2013-15), Manchester United (2016-18) and Tottenham (2019- twenty-one).
Roma general manager Pinto added: “When José was available, we immediately took the opportunity to speak with one of the best coaches of all time.
“We were amazed by José’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his main focus is always on the next title. He has the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.
“We know that building a successful sports project takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are extremely confident that José will be the perfect coach for our project, both for our immediate and long-term future.”