Mourinho heading back to Italy
AS Roma have confirmed Jose Mourinho will take charge of the club on a three-year contract ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.
Tottenham (8/1 top 4 finish) confirmed Mourinho had been relieved of his duties in north London on April 19, being shown the door at their shiny new stadium just 17 months after being welcomed in.
With a hugely impressive CV, which boasts league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, Mourinho wasn’t expected to be out of work for long, and that has proven to be the case.
Roma announced earlier on Tuesday that current head coach Paulo Fonseca would be leaving his post when the current campaign concludes.
“On behalf of everyone at AS Roma, we would like to thank Paulo Fonseca for his hard work and leadership over the past two years,” said club chairman Dan Friedkin.
“We wish him all the best for his future endeavours and know that he will be a great asset wherever he goes.”
Just over three hours later, the Italian outfit announced that the ‘Special One’ would be replacing Fonseca in the hot seat after signing a deal that runs through to June 2024.
Mourinho told Roma’s official website: “Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision,” Mourinho said.
“After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their 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 over the upcoming years.
“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.”
The 58-year-old won two Serie A titles during his previous spell in Italy with Inter Milan, which spanned from June 2008 through to May 2010. He also lead the Nerazzurri to Coppa Italia and Champions League glory in 2010 as part of an unprecedented treble in Italian football.
Roma’s next outing comes against Manchester United in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tie on Thursday but their hopes of advancing look highly unlikely after losing 6-2 at Old Trafford (Roma 11/4, draw 3/1, Man Utd 10/11 – match result 2nd leg).
Meanwhile, the Eternal City outfit are back in domestic action on Sunday when they play host to rock-bottom Crotone (Roma 1/3, draw 9/2, Crotone 7/1 – match result).