José Mourinho is expected to take over Italian giants AS Roma from next season, the Portuguese manager has been sensationally sacked by Tottenham Hotspur but has now found his new home in Italy. So, it’s fair to say that “The Special One” is back.
After Roma’s loss to Sampdoria, confirming they couldn’t make it to UCL and the club 6-2 behind after the Europa League first leg, a bad defensive show against Man United. The club have decided to part ways with their current coach Paolo Fonseca and soon named Mourinho as his successor. His reign will begin from the 2021-22 season.
Mourinho has signed a three-year contract at Stadio Olimpico, that’s what Mourinho has to say through the Roma official website.
“Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and be a part of their vision,” Mourinho said.
“After meetings with the property and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma. It is the same ambition and the same dynamism that have always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project in the years to come.
“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to take the job and I can’t wait to start next season.
“In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca good luck and hope the media appreciate that I will only speak more in due course. Daje Roma! “.
It is reported that AS Roma general manager Tiago Pinto approached the Portuguese just a day after his dismissal from Spurs and started discussions followed by meetings with the club president to finalize matters.
“When José became available, we immediately jumped at the opportunity to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time,” said Tiago Pinto.
“We were blown away by José’s desire to win and his passion for the sport: no matter how many trophies he won, his main goal is always the following. He has the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.
“We know that to build a successful sports project, it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are extremely confident that José will be the perfect coach for our project, both for our immediate and long term future.
“With the vision and ambition of Dan and Ryan Friedkin, we will lay the foundations for a new AS Roma.”
This is a surprise because Mourinho recently also signed an expertise contract with a media agency to cover this summer euro.
Roma have been very poor in the big games, their defense is very fragile despite the move from Fonseca to Back-three. Roma after their loss to Sampdoria are officially out of the equation for UCL places and they may have to fight for Europa League places as well.
Roma’s attack is considered very good with attacking talents like Mkhitaryan and Pelligrini, but it’s the defense that lets them down and they also seem to disappear in the big games of the season.
With all due respect, AS Roma as a European giant fell quite badly and coincided with the downfall of Jose Mourinho in his managerial career. It’s fair to say that if you offered Mourinho a job three years ago he would have rejected it outright, but the situation has changed dramatically in recent years.
This move certainly struck football fans a bit surprised, as fans predicted he would only get the national team jobs after his disasters in managing men at Spurs, Man United and Chelsea, and he is being left behind by modern football. His constant movements towards rivals have altered his relationship with his legacy fans.
They may not be as big as the elites of Real Madrid, Inter and Juve, but it’s a club with a huge history, a great fan base and great players who have graced the Stadio. Olimpico over the years.
In recent years, Italian clubs have tried to break away from their tradition to deal with the intensity of modern play. Clubs like Atalanta, Sassuolo are scrambling to lay the groundwork and Juventus have also decided to follow the new, time-consuming approach.
Mourinho’s move to Rome would be great for Serie A and the club on the commercial side, like the ads, the brand value, but it will also make things interesting in the league on one side, we have the modernizers at Sassuolo , Atalanta, AC Milan and Juve are also trying to follow suit and on the other side we have the old thugs from Inter Milan, in Lazio. I predict that the Roma of Mourinho will follow the route of the old thugs.
Verdict: will Mourinho succeed at Roma
Jose Mourinho and Italian football could prove to be a happy marriage as he is still highly regarded in Italy and is the only manager to have won the hat-trick in Italian football.
His style of play could be better reflected in Italian football, as we have seen this year the case of Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan which has veterans in Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, etc. eye. On Italy, it is more about a winning mentality and defensive solidity.
The Giallorossi have the creative assets to suit Mourinho’s impactful counter-striker football. They will need defensive leaders and a system that will make them compact to lay the groundwork for upsetting the big sides.
Roma do not have a huge budget and financial resources are limited. So maybe we’ll see a homecoming Mourinho raising unannounced talent and making the most of donated resources. A club like Roma must be smart to take up the Italian football scenario again.
Mourinho is fortunate to have talents like Zaniolo, Pelligrini and Spinazzola among the Roma ranks. There are doubts how he would treat his former boyz in Pedro, Smalling and Mkhitaryan and there are reports that there is no love lost between them.
The big question would be on his management of the man, can he galvanize the locker room and deliver results
Looking at Italy, there is immense pressure on top clubs such as Juventus, Milan clubs, Lazio, Napoli, Roma to deliver the goods, but as we know, “the special” feeds on of criticism and controversy, that’s another point that ticked for him.
Roma fans will love him even if he delivered the Europa League or a Cup, which will be called a success next season. But reintegrating Roma into a European giant is the longer-term goal and the club’s hierarchy has erased its intentions of not being complacent by finishing 7th every year.
It will be interesting to see how he can turn the current hapless Roma team into a giant again.
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