Jose Mourinho: The Portuguese coach takes over the leadership of the Italian Roma team, starting next season
The management of the Italian Football Club of Roma announced the appointment of Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese coach, as the technical director of the team, starting from next season.
Mourinho, 58, replaces the current Portuguese coach of Rome, Paulo Fonseca, whose departure the club has announced at the end of this season.
Mourinho was sacked as coach of Tottenham Hotspur about 3 weeks ago, but he signed a 3-year contract with Roma.
Mourinho said, “The sincere passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the position and I cannot wait to take charge.” Mourinho thanked the club’s owners for choosing him, noting that he agreed with them on the goals that must be pursued with the team.
He added, “These are the same goals and ambitions that I have always strived for. We want to build a strong and cohesive team to make our project successful.”
Mourinho previously held the technical leadership of major teams in Europe, including Real Madrid, Italian Inter Milan, and Chelsea, England.
Tottenham’s results with Mourinho have fallen since the start of the second round of the English Premier League, so that the team is outside the qualifying places for the European Champions League and European League next season.
Tottenham lost 10 games with Mourinho in one season, which is the first time that he has spoken with any team Mourinho coaches.
Mourinho won four titles with Inter Milan during the two seasons in which he coached, twice winning the Italian League, the European Champions League and the Coppa Italia in the 2010 season, when he achieved a treble.
Roma have not won the Italian league since the 2001 season, under the leadership of great coach Fabio Capello.
“When Mourinho became available we did not wait, and we started talking with one of the best technical managers in the world throughout the ages,” said Fabio Pinto, executive director of Roma.
“We were surprised by his love for the game, regardless of the number of titles he won, he always looks forward to the next title, as he has the knowledge, experience, and leadership skills required at all levels,” he added.
Pinto confirmed that the team management “is absolutely sure that Mourinho is the appropriate technical director for our project, whether in the near or long term.”