Jose Mourinho bounced back in just two weeks after being fired from Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday and suddenly appointed as a Roman coach on a three-year contract starting next season.
His departure from the Spurs was the first time a self-proclaimed “Special One” had left the club without winning silverware since the early days of his managerial career in Portugal.
The candid 58-year-old returned to Italy, leading Inter Milan to the treble (Champions League, Serie A, Coppa Italia) before leaving as a hero in 2010.
Mourinho will replace Portuguese Paulo Fonseca, who left the capital at the end of the current campaign, with the seventh team in Serie A.
“I can’t wait for the start of next season as the incredible passion of Roman fans has persuaded me to accept my job,” Mourinho said in a statement.
“It’s the same ambition and motivation that has always motivated me, and we want to work together to build a winning project over the next few years.
“After the meeting with the owners, I immediately understood the full story of their ambitions for AS Roma.
“It’s the same ambition and motivation that has always motivated me, and we want to work together to build a winning project in the next few years.”
Mourinho locks the horn again with rival Antonio Conte. Antonio Conte has won nine years of Juventus Italian championship with Mourinho’s first Serie A title since he was in Milan over the weekend.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jose Mourinho to the AS Roma family,” said Dan Friedkin, the club’s American owner.
“A great champion who has won trophies at all levels, Jose provides great leadership and experience for our ambitious projects.
“Jose’s appointment is a major step in building a long-term and consistent culture of victory across the club.”
Mourinho has won 25 major trophies in his career and has joined a club that has not won Serie A since 2001.
In addition to winning at Intel, he won the Champions League in Porto in 2004 and the Liga in three Premier Leagues in Chelsea and Real Madrid in 2012.
He also led Manchester United to the Europa League in 2017.
Mourinho is one of three managers who have won the Champions League in two different clubs and has repeated this feat in the Europa League.
“When Jose became available, we soon jumped at the opportunity to talk to one of the greatest managers of all time,” said Tiagopinto, general manager of Rome.
“We were amazed by Jose’s desire to win and his passion for the game. No matter how many trophies he wins, his main focus is always on the next trophy. He is at every level. We have the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete.
Mourinho arrived at the Spurs 17 months ago after his reputation was damaged by a two-year spell for Manchester United.
He won three trophies in Old Trafford, including the 2017 Europa League, but ended up with disastrous results and eye-catching discrepancies with the players.
Similar movements were seen in previous spells at Chelsea and Real Madrid. It is also characterized by feuds with opposition managers and the media and refusal to admit its shortcomings.
Despite optimism in Tottenham this season, the team won the barren 2021 despite beating United 6-1 at Old Trafford and temporarily surpassing the Premier League table. I’ve seen you waste your position over and over again.
Earlier Rome confirmed that Fonseca would leave two years later with three Italian champions who have not had trophies since 2008.
48-year-old Fonseca joins the club in 2019 and has the option of a third year if the club reaches the Champions League next season.
The club finished fifth in Serie A’s final campaign and is currently seventh, nine points behind rival Lazio, who is in sixth.
Rome will defeat Mourinho’s former club Manchester United 6-2 to compete in the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals in the Italian capital on Thursday.
After Eusebio Di Francesco was dismissed in January 2019, Fonseca replaced Claudio Ranieri, who had a short spell as a coach.
Di Francesco led the club to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018.
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