Mourinho, end of adventure at Roma: the Americans sack him



José Mourinho – ANSA

The defeat against Milan was fatal for the Special One. Roma announces, in fact, that José Mourinho and his technical collaborators will leave the club with immediate effect. The news comes with a note from the Giallorossi club on its website. «We thank José on behalf of all of us at AS Roma for the passion and commitment he has shown since his arrival in the Giallorossi», declared Dan and Ryan Friedkin.

«We will always have great memories of his management, but we believe that, in the best interests of the club, an immediate change is necessary – say Dan and Ryan Friedkin in the Special One’s farewell statement -. We wish José and his collaborators the best for the future.” The Portuguese coach, the sixtieth coach in the history of Roma, had led the Giallorossi to win the Conference League in Tirana on 25 May 2022 and to the Europa League final in Budapest last season. The note then concludes: «Further updates regarding the new technical guidance of the first team will be communicated shortly». Among the main candidates, according to rumors, there would be the former midfielder and Giallorossi flag, Daniele De Rossi.

Roma’s Americans, the Friedkin clan, therefore return to being Americans and they chase away Josè Mourinho who, in the shadow of the Dome, had transformed from the heroic Special One into the anonymous “Moufrigno”. The last defeat of his Roma was fatal, ugly without a soul. But divorce was in the air. Poor Mou with the charismatic tank in reserve for a while has given up. He realized that he is coaching a team where the two brightest stars, Lukaku and Dybala, spend more time in the infirmary licking their wounds than on the pitch. And we want to talk about the former blue jet Spinazzola. He won the European Championships by sacrificing himself to the cause of Mancini’s Oratorians, but yet another injury made him a part-time winger ready for golden exile in Saudi Arabia. The sack of Roma is now complete with the ousting of Mourinho, which many Giallorossi fans will regret, also because they say nostalgically when looking at the closing credits: «With him the Olympic stadium was always full».

The Lazio players will also regret it as they have celebrated 4 times in the last 6 derbies with Mourinho sitting, defeated and stunned on the Roma bench. Of all the career returns of “mister zero tituli” this is the worst. Yes, because he leaves a team that he miraculously managed to bring to European finals twice: the Conference won in 2022 and the Europa League lost in 2023. In our opinion, beyond the sad, fado-style cry Amalia Rodriguez, who repeated weekly in the two and a half years in service of the former Magica, Mourinho did his. Perhaps it is this management that is more accustomed to baseball, the NBA and the NFL, see football, but American, has not done everything necessary to build a competitive Rome that is in step with the big teams. The only thing the Friedkins learned quickly is that in football the coach always pays. And then out comes Mourinho, who bitterly sings “goodbye Rome” and goes back to his Setùbal, waiting for a new call, perhaps even an Arab one, to go back to being a magician. We will miss his weekly theaterthose lines from a repertoire that need updating a bit, but still good in a world where, as he said At that time Michel Platini, repeating the same phrases every day in press conferences would make even Kant look like an idiot. In Rome they now await the savior of the country. The “Trigoria core” calls on the former Captain Future Daniele De Rossi, who as coach has so far shown that he is still at ABC. Ask those at Spal, in the hands of another American who here no longer knows how to be an American, the multi-patron Tacopina, luckier as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer than as football president: in Bologna and Venice he caused disasters, in Ferrara he is completing his free fall from Serie A to the amateurs. The Giallorossi dream is now Antonio Conte, an Italian Mourinho, with less media skills and with recent failures behind him similar to the Portuguese, see Tottenham’s joint dismissal. Perhaps it would be time to change the direction and start again with young, fresh and motivated coaches who have everything to conquer, like Mou and Conte were at the beginning of their careers, a long time ago.



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