Former Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has made a quick return to football just two weeks after being sacked by Tottenham, after just 17 months in North London.
The Portuguese has made a return to Italy, this time with AS Roma, joining the Stadio Olympico club as the new head coach ahead of the new season.
“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,” AS Roma announced on their Twitter handle.
Mourinho’s appointment comes just hours after Roma confirmed that they would part ways with current boss Paulo Fonseca at the end of the current campaign.
Reliable sources indicate ‘The Special One’ has signed a three-year contract to lead the Serie A club to glory.
“José Mourinho has signed his ‘top secret’ contract until June 2024 with AS Roma yesterday. He strongly wanted to return in Italy.Sarri was never an option: the only contact with AS Roma was in January. Mourinho was chosen by the Portuguese sports director Tiago Pinto,” revealed Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano who specializes in football transfers.
“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. he incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season,” the 58-year-old told the club’s website after his appointment.
The former Porto lead man recently joined talkSPORT radio station as a pundit and part of the team geared towards provide extensive coverage of this summer’s European Championships, and remains to be seen if he will carry on with the role.
The Portuguese is no stranger to Serie A; this will be his second spell in the Italian league after he spent two seasons with Inter Milan, winning the Serie A title in his first season, before leaving to join Real Madrid in 2010 after guiding the Nerazzurri to the treble.
AS Roma are into the semifinals of the 2020/2021 Europa League and face one of Mourinho’s previous clubs, Manchester United, in the second leg in Italy on Thursday after losing the first leg 6-2 at Old Trafford last week.