Jose Mourinho signs three-year deal to become the new Roma manager

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 04 May 2021, 14:37

Roma have announced that Jose Mourinho will be their new manager for next season, shortly after the club revealed that incumbent Paulo Fonseca will depart at the end of the current campaign.

Mourinho, who was only sacked by Spurs two weeks ago, swiftly emerged as the red-hot 1/4 favourite for the job after news broke that Fonseca’s contract wouldn’t be renewed.

However, his appointment still came as a surprise on Tuesday afternoon.

Mourinho will take up his new managerial role in the summer on a three-year contract which runs through to June 2024.

“We are thrilled and delighted to welcome José Mourinho into the AS Roma family,” president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin revealed in a club statement.

“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.”

Mourinho will return to Italy for the first time in 11 years, having previously led Inter Milan to five trophies in two seasons, including the famous Serie A, Coppa Italia, and Champions League treble.

The Roma job will be Mourinho's tenth in management and one where he’ll be bidding to add to his 25 trophies following his silverware blank at Tottenham.

“Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision,” Mourinho said after his appointment at Roma.

“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!”

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