Jose Mourinho made a quick return to management and the Roma announced that he will take over the club from the 2021-22 season.
The 58-year-old Portuguese boss has signed a three-year contract that will run until 2024. Mourinho, who won the Treble with Inter Milan in two years at San Siro, will return to Serie A from 2008 to 2010.
Sportsmail believe Roma’s emphatic 6-2 loss to Manchester United in the Europa League last week accelerated Mourinho’s arrival.
Jose Mourinho has been named Roma manager and will take responsibility for the 2021-22 season
Mourinho was fired from Tottenham two weeks ago, six days before the Carabao Cup final
Mourinho said, “Thank you to the Friedkin family (Roma’s owners) for choosing me to run this great club and be part of their vision.
‘After meeting the owner and Tiago Pinto (Roma’s General Manager), 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 successful project in the years to come.
‘The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to take the job and I can’t wait to start next season.
“In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and hope the media will appreciate that I won’t speak again until the time comes. Daje Roma! ‘
In the meantime, Mourinho will be working for the radio station talkSPORT covering Euro 2020 throughout the summer.
However, the Portuguese coach had underscored his desire to return to the field quickly, replacing Paolo Fonseca, who Roma announced on Tuesday that he would be leaving at the end of the season.
The Roma are currently in seventh place in the Serie A standings and were beaten 6-2 by Manchester United in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final at Old Trafford last Thursday. The second leg in Italy is on Thursday.
With the appointment, Mourinho is returning to Italy, where he won three times as Inter Milan boss
Mourinho will work for talkSPORT this summer while reporting on Euro 2020
Club President Dan Friedkin and Vice President Ryan Friedkin said: ‘We are very excited to welcome Jose Mourinho to the AS Roma family.
‘Jose is a great champion who has won trophies at all levels. He will bring tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.
“The appointment of Jose is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent profit culture across the club.”
General Manager Pinto announced that the Roma had weighed a move for Mourinho as soon as it became known that Tottenham had fired him.
“When Jose became available, we immediately took the opportunity to speak to one of the greatest managers of all time,” said Pinto.
‘We were overwhelmed by Jose’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he won, his main focus is always on the next one. He has the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.
Hours before Mourinho’s appointment, Roma announced that current coach Paolo Fonseca is absent
The Roma bosses welcomed Mourinho’s desire to return to football and win more cutlery
“We know that it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions to build a successful sports project. We are extremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, both for our immediate and long-term future. ‘
His appointment marks a reunion with former Manchester United players Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He didn’t have the most seamless ties with the defender during his time at Old Trafford.
Mourinho once appeared to publicly question Smalling’s resilience, suggesting he was “too cautious” in recovering from a toe injury, while playmaker Mkhitaryan said just last week it was “difficult” to get a grip on Mourinho’s way of working .
“I never regret my decisions,” Mkhitaryan told The Athletic. ‘At that time he (Mourinho) was one of the most successful coaches in the world. I think he was the coach with the most trophies. So that was a different experience.
“It was very difficult, but I also learned a lot. I learned how to defend, how to help the team. It wasn’t just about scoring goals and making assists.
‘It was more about the team winning, so it doesn’t matter who scored, we had to win together. It didn’t matter who provided the template, we always have to be happy that we won the game.
“I want to say I had a tough time, but after the first two or three months there, I had a very good time. I won three trophies with the club, which was incredible.
Mourinho’s appointment brings him back together with ex-Manchester United husband Chris Smalling
Former United striker Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also with Roma and previously played under Mourinho
“You know, some players have been playing in Manchester for ages but they haven’t won anything.”
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy ruthlessly defeated Mourinho on Monday ahead of the Carabao Cup final, which ended in a 1-0 loss to Manchester City. Levy has blamed former Spurs player Ryan Mason for the remainder of the season, but no announcement has been made of Mourinho’s permanent replacement.
Mourinho won 45 of his 86 games as Tottenham manager, drew 17 and lost 24.