José Mourinho is no longer the coach of AS Roma. The Italian club has fired the sixty-year-old Portuguese and his staff members. Roma will be Feyenoord’s opponent in the interim round of the Europa League in February.
Roma fired Mourinho due to poor results. The club is in a disappointing ninth place in Serie A and has been eliminated from the Italian Cup by rival Lazio. The Romans only picked up five points in the last six league games.
“We would like to thank José for all his commitment and passion for AS Roma since his arrival,” said club owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin at the site from Roma. “We continue to cherish the great memories, but believe that rapid change is in the best interests of the club.”
Mourinho has been coach of Roma since May 2021. The Portuguese won the Conference League with the club in 2022 by defeating Feyenoord in the final. Last season, Roma reached the final of the Europa League by beating the Rotterdam team in the quarter-finals. In the final, Roma lost to Sevilla on penalties.
Feyenoord was again linked to Roma in the draw for the interim round of the Europa League. It would be a new confrontation between Arne Slot and Mourinho, but the latter now has to look for a new employer.
Mourinho experienced a turbulent period in Rome
During his time at Roma, Mourinho regularly clashed with the media, while also confronting players and other coaches. For example, after the Europa League quarter-final win against Feyenoord, ‘The Special One’ shouted at Slot that he should look less at Napoli and City and more at Roma.
Mourinho also had many problems with arbitration. He was regularly sent to the stands and was also suspended several times. After the lost Europa League final against Sevilla, he attacked referee Anthony Taylor, which resulted in a lot of criticism for the Portuguese.
Mourinho was previously head coach at Benfica, Leiria, FC Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. He was also an assistant at Louis van Gaal’s FC Barcelona, among others. Mourinho won dozens of prizes with his clubs, including two Champions League titles (2004 and 2010).
A few hours after Mourinho’s dismissal strict Roma club icon Daniele De Rossi as new coach. The former midfielder played a total of 616 matches for the Romans between 2001 and 2019. De Rossi has been clubless since his spell at SPAL from October 2022 to February 2023.
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