Jose Mourinho appointed as head coach of AS Roma

Jose Mourinho replaces Paulo Fonseca as AS Roma head coach for the 2021-22 season

Jose Mourinho in the dugout
Jose Mourinho has been announced as the new AS Roma head coach (Photo: Ronnie Macdonald / Flickr -

Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the head coach for Serie A club AS Roma ahead of the 2021-22 season.

The news comes after the Italian’s official Twitter account announced the departure of Paulo Fonseca at the end of the season. The released coach had been in charge of Roma since 2019, unable to gain a victory in his last six outings.

The capital club sit seventh in their league as the recently-released former Tottenham manager is unveiled. The Champions League-winning manager was in charge of Spurs for 17 months, gaining no major honours and losing his job right before the Carabao Cup final.

The official Roma website said: “Mourinho has agreed a three-year contract with the Giallorossi that will run until 30 June 2024.”

Club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin said: “We are thrilled and delighted to welcome José Mourinho into the AS Roma family.

“A great champion who has won trophies at every level, José will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.

“The appointment of José is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club.”

The newly-appointed manager has said: “Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision.

“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.

“In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciate that I will only speak further in due course. Daje Roma!”