The veteran Portuguese coach, Jose Mourinho, has officially become AS Roma’s new coach, replacing Paulo Fonseca. This certainty is known based on the announcement uploaded on the AS Roma Twitter account on Tuesday (4/5/2021) evening WIB. In the announcement, the club explained that Jose Mourinho will coach AS Roma ahead of the start of the 2021-2022 season. “Officially, the club is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with Jose Mourinho to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-2022 season,” said an AS Roma statement.
AS Roma announced the agreement with Jose Mourinho just after saying goodbye to Paulo Fonseca. Based on the club’s statement, Paulo Fonseca will leave AS Roma after the 2020-2021 season ends. This means that AS Roma is still under the command of Paulo Fonseca until the end of this season. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho will take over the coaching chair ahead of the start of the 2021-2022 season. “The club can confirm that head coach Paulo Fonseca will leave at the end of the season,” wrote AS Roma’s Twitter account.
Jose Mourinho admitted that he was inspired by the enthusiasm and ambition of AS Roma when he accepted the proposal from the club nicknamed the Giallorossi. “After meeting the owners, I immediately understood their ambition for AS Roma. Together we want to build a winning project,” said Jose Mourinho. “The extraordinary enthusiasm of the fans convinced me to accept this job.” “I can’t wait to start next season. Daje Roma!” said Mourinho added.
For Jose Mourinho, this is not his first experience coaching an Italian club. Previously, Jose Mourinho coached Inter Milan in 2008-2010. He embraced several achievements such as winning the Italian League, Champions League, Coppa Italia, and Italian Super Cup, with the club nicknamed the Nerazzurri. Jose Mourinho also won the treble with Inter, namely in the 2009-2010 season, before he left for Real Madrid. After training Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea to continue his adventure with other Premier League clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.