AS Roma have announced that Paulo Fonseca will depart the club at the end of the season and confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho.
Fonseca signed for the Italian side from Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2019 on a 2-year contract. The Portuguese had his fair share of exploits in Ukraine and was expected to lead the club through a bright path. But a run of mediocrity and poor results – notably a 6-2 loss against Manchester United in the Europa League last week – seem to have forced the hand of the Roma board.
This aspect reflects in the club statement that read:
“I would like to thank Paulo for all his work for the club over the last two seasons,” said Tiago Pinto, the club’s General Manager.
“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.”
The announcement came on Tuesday afternoon without much media coverage prior to it.
However, the real shock came just hours later as Mourinho was announced as the new coach who will take over the reins at the Roman outfit. There were virtually no media reports of the Portuguese discussing a job at the Serie A club and thus the news came as a surprise to many.
As always, Twitter gave us some amusing reactions:
When Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling found out that Jose Mourinho was their new manager pic.twitter.com/1GAGbUoV6p
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) May 4, 2021
So Ole got Mourinho sacked from Spurs but then got Roma’s manager sacked so José could have a new job.
Very generous man. pic.twitter.com/Qixb3Amf0i
— Alexei (@MUFC_redarmy99) May 4, 2021
Last time Jose Mourinho managed in Serie A he signed off with the treble for Inter in 2009-10 🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/r2CPFIbLnh
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 4, 2021
Mourinho stans forced to support a new club every 5 minutes. pic.twitter.com/nBQ4UbkDAb
— s. (@Cerebrone) May 4, 2021
Mourinho just went to the same club but in a different country pic.twitter.com/uBlqR1YLr3
— Omar🥶 (@AlessioTackle) May 4, 2021
Mkhitaryan seeing Mourinho appointed as the new manager of Roma pic.twitter.com/U0XW3myKLE
— ᥅ (@TheFergusonWay) May 4, 2021
Mourinho vs. Conte 👀
Serie A is going to be fiery next season 🔥 pic.twitter.com/MmpdkUZ1Rs
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 4, 2021
The former Chelsea boss’ mockery of Arsene Wenger as a ‘specialist in failure’ has returned to haunt himself in the latter stages of his career. Jose will definitely be hoping to shed that definition by turning things around for him and the Giallorossi next season.