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Roma appoint Mourinho as manager, Fonseca to leave

  • Published at 08:45 pm May 4th, 2021
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Jose Mourinho

Mourinho will replace Fonseca, who Roma announced earlier Tuesday would leave the club at the end of the current campaign

AS Roma have appointed former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho as their new head coach on a three-year contract starting 2021-22 season, the Italian Serie A club announced Tuesday.

Mourinho will replace Paulo Fonseca, who Roma announced earlier Tuesday would leave the club at the end of the current campaign.

The Portuguese was sacked by Spurs on April 19 after a poor second half of the season in which they slipped from top of the Premier League to outside the European places.

In his two weeks away from the world of management, Mourinho signed up with British radio broadcaster talkSPORT and The Times newspaper to be part of their team of analysts for this year's European Championship.

But when the new season begins in August, Mourinho's focus will be solely on guiding Roma to Champions League places on a regular basis.

Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur on Monday after a poor run of form

Posted by Sports Tribune on Monday, 19 April 2021

The former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United boss arrives at the Italian capital as one of only five managers to lift the Champions League with two different clubs - Porto and Inter.

Mourinho also completed a historic treble with Inter in 2009-10 but in a recent interview with the Times said he would not hesitate joining any one of their rivals in the future.

Fonseca's Roma looked to be on course for a top-four finish that would secure Champions League football for next season at the turn of the year, but one win in their last eight league matches has left them seventh in the standings.

Roma's hierarchy is hoping Mourinho can bring his winning mental to boost the club's ambitious project.