MMourinho was sacked by Tottenham. 17 months in charge of premier League side Tottenham

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Jose Mourinho will join Roma next season.  Jose Mourinho has been appointed Roma head coach on a three-year deal set to begin at the start of next season.

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April after just 17 months in charge of the Premier League. The announcement of his appointment by Roma came just hours after the club confirmed that current boss Paulo Fonseca would depart at the end of the current campaign.

It will be the Portuguese manager's second spell in Serie A, after he spent two seasons with Inter Milan before leaving to join Real Madrid in 2010.









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Jose: No break, I'm always in football
Jose Mourinho spoke briefly to Gary Cotterill about his future plans after he was sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

Jose Mourinho spoke briefly to Gary Cotterill about his future plans after he was sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur - and said then he wouuld be out of the game for long...

"After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma," Mourinho told the club's website.

"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."

Mourinho won consecutive Serie A titles with Inter, completing a treble - that included a Champions League triumph - in his final season with the club.


The 58-year-old struggled to make an impact at Spurs and was sacked for the third time in six seasons by a Premier League club, following dismissals from Chelsea - in his second spell at the club - and Manchester United.

Despite that, Roma were attracted to the 25 major trophies Mourinho has claimed in his career and have wasted little time in agreeing a deal following his departure from Tottenham.

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Image:Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April

Roma 'blown away by Jose's desire to win'

"When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time," Roma general manager Tiago Pinto said.

"We were blown away by Jose's desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.

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Image:Jose Mourinho Serie A graphic

"We know that in order to build a successful sporting project it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are supremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future."

Roma look set to miss out on Champions League qualification for next season as they sit seventh in Serie A with four games of the season, while their hopes of advancing to the Europa League final were all but ended in a 6-2 semi-final first-leg loss to Manchester United last week.

Serie A losses either side of that Old Trafford thrashing made it six games without a win in all competitions for Fonseca's side.

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Image:Paulo Fonseca will leave Roma at the end of the season

Fonesca, who is also Portuguese, was on a two-year contract that was set to expire at the end of the season.

Pinto added: "I would like to thank Paulo for all his work for the club over the last two seasons.

"Even if the results have not always been there on the pitch, we know that he has left many positive elements that will continue to help our development - like the many talented and young players he has encouraged and improved, and our progress in the Europa League this season.

"We are building a path to success at Roma, and Paulo has played an important role in that."

Carra: Mourinho finished in Premier League

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'Mourinho is finished in Premier League'
Jamie Carragher tells Monday Night Football that he does not think Jose Mourinho will manage in England again following his sacking by Tottenham.
Jamie Carragher tells Monday Night Football that he does not think Jose Mourinho will manage in England again following his sacking by Tottenham, predicting an Italy return instead

Mourinho had hinted at a swift return, telling Sky Sports News when asked if he wanted a break from the game: "No need. I am always in football."

But Jamie Carragher said he felt the "ship had sailed" on Mourinho's Premier League management career and predicted a return to Italy.

"I don't see Mourinho back in the Premier League, I think that ship's sailed now," he said on Monday Night Football.

"I struggle to think of any club - he's been at Spurs, so he's not going to Arsenal, he's been at United so he's not going to City, Liverpool wouldn't have him.

"Would he go to a middle of the table club? I just don't see him there, I really don't. It's either international football or maybe Italy.

"The Italian champions this year will be Inter Milan, with Antonio Conte, who plays his type of football - so maybe you can get away with it a little bit more in Italy, because it was certainly a turn-off for Spurs supporters."

How Spurs' Jose gamble failed...

Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Tottenham


'Daniel Levy and Jose Mourinho rolled the dice with the Portuguese's appointment as Tottenham manager. Seventeen months on, the gamble has emphatically failed to pay off for either side.

'The shock was not in his departure but in the timing of it, coming just days before the club's Carabao Cup final with Manchester City at Wembley.

'After all, Mourinho was brought to the club to turn Tottenham into silverware winners - but with Spurs on course to finish outside of the top four for the second season in a row, criticised for the negativity of their football, and with uncertainty surrounding the futures of numerous key players, Levy dramatically pulled the plug on the project.

'It was a strikingly swift move from the Spurs chairman, given the fact that in November 2019 he took the big decision to trade Spurs' historical style and panache for a more ruthless edge under Mourinho, a manager he'd been targeting for a long time. The objective was to turn Mauricio Pochettino's too-nice nearly-men into battle-ready winners.

'But it was a calculated risk from Mourinho's side, too. After the damage caused by his Manchester United tenure, he staked his reputation rebuild on a Spurs squad he first described as "very, very good" - but knowing he would not have the transformative spending power he had previously had at former clubs.

'At the end of it all, Levy is facing Spurs supporters rebelling over two fruitless campaigns, in which only fleeting moments of individual brilliance lit up a risk-adverse, anti-ambition approach to the game. Still no major silverware and now no flair.

'Throw in the scornful reaction of the club's supporters to Spurs signing up for the European Super League and Levy's popularity had plummeted. And while Mourinho fought bitterly to defend his reputation, but his status as a top-level modern-day coach has diminished...'



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