Jose Mourinho named Roma boss from the start of next season
The 58-year-old will replace fellow Portuguese Paulo Fonseca who Roma announced earlier on Tuesday would leave at the end of next season.
Mourinho, sacked by Tottenham on 19 April, signed a 3 year deal with the three-time Serie A champion.
Mourinho noted that” The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start the next season.”
“Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club. After meeting with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambition. It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we have to build a winning project .”Mourinho, who has managed inter Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Real Madrid outside his homeland.
Mourinho was dismissed after 17 months in charge of Spurs following a poor second half of the season in which the north London club slipped from the top of the table to outside the European places.
This season, Mourinho suffered 10 league defeats in a single campaign for the first time in his managerial career.
Mourinho’s previous stint in Italian football was a successful one with Inter Milan that produced four major honors in two years.
Roma has not won Serie A since 2000-01 when former England manager Fabio Capello was in charge. The club that lost the 1984 European cup final in their stadium against Liverpool also won the title in 1941 -42 and 1982 -83.
Pinto the general manager of Roma, said “when Jose became available we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time.”
“We were blown away by Joses desire to win and his passion for the game,no matter how many trophies he has won his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience, and leadership to complete at all levels.”
“We are supremely confident Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future.”