Jose Mourinho appointed as new AS Roma head coach

Jose Mourinho appointed as new AS Roma head coach following Tottenham sacking

Jose Mourinho. Photo by Aleksandr Osipov from Ukraine

Jose Mourinho has been announced as the new AS Roma head coach. The Portuguese manager was sacked by Tottenham Hotspurs just over two weeks ago.

He will take over the Italian side for the 2021-22 season and has signed a three-year contract.

“We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho into the AS Roma family,” club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin told the club website.

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

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

Mourinho, 58, has won 25 major trophies in his managerial career, including the treble with Inter Milan in 2010. He will take over from Paulo Fonseca who is leaving the club at the end of the season.

Roma currently sit 7th in the Serie A league table with a season defining semi-final against Manchester United approaching in the Europa League this Thursday.

On the club website Mourinho 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!”