May 9, 2021

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Fonseca leaves Roma at the end of the season


Serie A side Roma have confirmed that head coach Paulo Fonseca will leave the club at the end of the season.

Fonseca signed a two-year contract with Giallorossi in June 2019 following a successful period with Shakhtar Donetsk.

He led them to fifth in Serie A in his first season in charge, but they sit seventh in this promotion, 14 points from the Champions League qualifiers.

An impressive run to the Europa League semi-finals looks set to likely end on Thursday when Manchester United travel to Rome for a rematch after the Premier League side’s 6-2 win in the first round last week.

“Over the last two years we have experienced a number of ups and downs, but I have always given my all for this club and this city; a city that has always been so welcoming, ”Fonseca said in a statement on Rome’s official website on Tuesday.

“I would like to thank the Roma fans, everyone we have worked with in Trigoria, the players and all those who have helped us during this journey.

“We still have some very important games ahead of us this season that we will win and we will continue to give everything to do that.”

Chairman Dan Friedkin added: “Paulo guided the team through many challenges, including the Covid pandemic and a change of ownership, and did so with selfless integrity and great character.

“We wish him all the best for his future endeavors and know he will be a great asset wherever he goes.”