Jose Mourinho taking over AS Roma, 15 days after Tottenham sacking
Out of work for 15 days? In this economy?
AS Roma has hired Jose Mourinho as manager for the 2021-22 season hours after announcing that Paulo Fonseca will leave at the end of the season.
[ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ]
Mourinho was fired by Tottenham Hotspur on April 19, the beleaguered club cutting ties with the controversial boss on the eve of the League Cup Final.
“The appointment of José is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club,” Roma said in a statement. “A great champion who has won trophies at every level, José will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.”
Mourinho won Serie A twice with Inter Milan between 2008-10, also winning the Champions League and Coppa Italia.
He returns to a Serie A that has become one of, if not the most free-scoring, major leagues in Europe, and he’ll have already worked with Henrik Mkhitaryan, Chris Smalling, and Pedro. He’ll also oversee American right back Bryan Reynolds.
Fonseca was in the job for almost two seasons and Roma will not return to Europe barring a remarkable Europa League semifinal turnaround of 6-2 first leg loss to Manchester United.
Roma has twice finished outside the top four in Italy after finishing second or third between 2014-15 and 2017-18 under Rudi Garcia, Luciano Spaletti, and Eusebio Di Francesco.