Jose Mourinho confirmed as new Roma manager
Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new manager of Serie A side Roma from the start of the 2021/2022 season.
Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham last month after a disappointing season.
But he will now replace Paulo Fonseca when he steps down from the Italian club at the end of the season.
A Roma statement read: “The club are delighted to announce an agreement has been reached with Jose Mourinho for him to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season.”
Speaking after his abrupt Tottenham sacking, just days before the Carabao Cup final, Mourinho suggested he would waste no time in getting back into management.
“No need,” he said, when asked by Sky Sports if he would take a break and recharge the batteries on the day he was sacked. “No need for breaks and batteries.”
Roma, who lost 6-2 to Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final last week, confirmed earlier today that Fonseca will leave at the end of the season.
“On behalf of everyone at AS Roma, we would like to thank Paulo Fonseca for the hard work and leadership shown during these two years,” President Dan Friedkin said.
“Paulo has led the team through several challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and a change of ownership, and he has done so with generosity, fairness and great character.
“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and are confident he will represent a fantastic added value wherever he goes.”
Roma sporting director Tiago Pinto added: “I would like to thank Paulo for the work he has done at the club over the past two seasons,” Tiago Pinto said.
“Even if the results have not always emerged on the pitch, we are aware of the several positive elements he has left us and which will continue to help our growth, such as the many talented young players he has encouraged and improved, and our progress in the Europa League this season.
“At Roma, we are trying to build a path to success and I’m sure that Paulo has played his role in this process.”