There will be no third ‘clash’ between Feyenoord coach Arne Slot and José Mourinho. The Portuguese coach, who troubled Feyenoord in the Conference League final and quarter-finals of the Europa League with AS Roma in the past two seasons, has been fired by his Italian employer.
Roma will again be the opponent of the Rotterdam team in February, this time in the interim round of the Europa League. There will be another head coach on the bench at the Romans: Daniele De Rossi. He has been appointed as Mourinho’s successor and must help Roma, which is in a disappointing ninth place in Serie A, to rise again.
The 40-year-old Rossi, a player for Roma from 2001 to 2019 and a 117-time Italian international, was assistant coach of the Italy national team for a year and head coach at Serie B club SPAL from October 2022 to February 2023, where he retired prematurely. was put aside.
No Harry Potter
Two days ago, Mourinho gave a press conference and perhaps he already felt his departure coming. Aware of the poor results, he indicated that he could not perform magic: “My name is not José Harry Potter Mourinho”.
“We thank José on behalf of all of us at AS Roma for the passion and commitment he has shown since joining Yellow and red“, it says on Roma’s website.
“We will always have fond memories of his leadership, but we believe that, in the interests of the club, immediate change is necessary.”
Mourinho, who will celebrate his 61st birthday later this month, joined Roma in mid-2021 and achieved success, particularly at European club level. In 2022, the final of the brand new Conference League was reached and won at the expense of Feyenoord (1-0 in Tirana).
Last year, José Mourinho teased NOS reporter Joep Schreuder after he had eliminated Feyenoord in the Europa League with AS Roma. The Portuguese was of the opinion that there was too much complaint in the Netherlands about the lost Conference Final.
The following year, Roma reached the final of the Europa League, where it lost to Sevilla on penalties. It was the first defeat in a European final for Mourinho, who took out his disappointment on the referee afterwards, resulting in a suspension. Not for the first time and not for the last time.
‘The Special One’ won five in his coaching career, including two in the Champions League: in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Internazionale. In 2017, with Manchester United, he thwarted Peter Bosz’s Ajax in the Europa League final: 2-0 in Solna, Sweden.
Mourinho was working on his ninth club as coach in Rome. Previously, he was at the helm of FC Porto, Chelsea (twice), Internazionale, Real Madrid and Manchester United, among others.
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