Jose Mourinho appointed manager of Serie A side AS Roma from next season

Serie A club AS Roma sent the football world into a tizzy when they announced that Jose Mourinho would be their new manager.

Jose Mourinho in a file photo; Credit: Twitter

Serie A club AS Roma announced on Tuesday (May 4) that Jose Mourinho is their new manager. The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ was last in charge of Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur but got the sack in April. This will be Mourinho’s first job in Italy since 2010, when he managed Inter Milan. Mourinho has legendary status among Inter fans for that feat. However, the Portuguese tactician will now return to the country in the famous red and gold. It also represents a short turnover in jobs for Mourinho.

“The club are delighted to announce an agreement has been reached with Jose Mourinho for him to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season,” Roma said in a statement.

Jose Mourinho – no longer special?

Yet while Mourinho remains box office, his managerial style has come under fire in recent times. He’s been criticised for being too defensive, too pragmatic and extremely result-oriented.

That a number of coaches have shown that it is indeed possible to win trophies playing progressively made things worse. There’s also the small matter of Mourinho’s reputation as being troublesome behind the scenes.

Yet it cannot be denied that his appointment is a big deal for Roma. They are currently seventh in Serie A and will be desperate to get back into the Champions League.

For his part, Mourinho said he is looking forward to building a “winning culture” at Roma.

“Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision,” he said in a statement.

“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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