Jose Mourinho will be back in charge next season after being named the new head coach of Roma.
Mourinho was fired by Tottenham last month after a decline in their fortunes. They were outside candidates for the Premier League title judging by their early season form, but suffered a decline since the turn of the year. He was eventually fired shortly before the Carabao Cup final.
That meant he was not able to add another trophy to his glittering cabinet, but he will soon be back at work.
Italian club Roma have confirmed that Mourinho will be their head coach from next season after previously announcing upcoming exit by Paulo Fonseca.
Mourinho has signed a three-year contract in the Italian capital, where he will replace his compatriot at the end of the season.
Thanks to the Friedkin family [who own Roma] to choose me to lead this great club and be part of their vision, ”said Mourinho.
“After meetings with the ownership and [general manager] 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 will build a winning project in the coming years.
“The incredible passion of Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I can’t wait to start next season.
“In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and hope that the media appreciates that I will only continue to speak with time. Daje Roma! ”
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The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss previously enjoyed a successful stint in Italy with Inter Milan. Now he returns to Serie A, where he hopes his methods work better than they did at Tottenham.
The announcement comes as a surprise as ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had been the favorite to take over.
But Mourinho has instead taken over the role and hopes to revive his fortune after a difficult spell with Spurs.
Just this weekend, Mourinho had claimed he was waiting for the right opportunity and was not in a hurry to get back in management. But he has clearly been convinced of something in Rome and is now returning to Italy.
Son sorry for the Mourinho exit
Meanwhile, Tottenham are winging Son Heung-min recently admitted he was sad to the exit of the leader.
“It’s always sad when someone loses their daily job,” Son said TV3 Sport. “After working with him for 17 or 18 months, it has been up and down, it has been good, and sometimes we have not been so good.
“I think for me and my memory that he will still be one of the best leaders in the world.
“It’s just so sad that he did not succeed. It was really sad because he’s the guy who wins everything.
“It was the only team he didn’t have success, so I’m really sorry about that kind of thing.”
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