“Daje Roma” (Let’s go Rome) is the first message from José Mourinho after Rome itself announced on Tuesday that the Portuguese coach will lead the ‘giallorosso’ team from next season until 2024. Mourinho led the fans of the Roman club his first words: “The passion of his followers has made me accept this mission.” The Portuguese was dismissed by Tottenham on April 19 and in Italy he already trained Inter (2008-2010), with which he achieved the triplet, Serie A, Coppa, Champions, in 2009-10.
“I thank the Redkin family for choosing me to guide this great club and for having made me a participant in their vision,” said the Portuguese coach, who will replace his compatriot Paulo Fonseca, who is leaving at the end of the season due to the poor results in Serie A. The ‘giallorosso’ team is currently 7th, 14 points behind the Champions zone and 9 from the Europa League.
Mourinho said after the announcement, which caused a sensation in Italian and world football: “After having met with the owners and with Tiago Pinto (general manager of Roma) I immediately understood how high the ambition of this club is. These aspirations and this drive are the same that have always motivated me and together we want to build a path of success in the coming years. The incredible passion of the Roma fans has convinced me of this mission and I can’t wait to start next season. At the same time I wish Paulo Fonseca the best of luck and I ask the media to understand that I will make statements in due course. Leave Rome! ”.
Mourinho also wanted to remember his compatriot Paulo Fonseca, who arrived in Rome in 2019 and leaves after the bad results of the ‘gialloroso’ team in Serie A. It was also surprising that the departure of Fonseca and the arrival of Mourinho were announced 2 days before the Europa League semi-final return against Manchester United, even though the ‘Red Devils’ won 6-2 at Old Trafford in the first leg. A meeting between Fonseca and his agent on Monday with the top of Roma was the prelude to the end of the Portuguese stage at the Olímpico.