- Jose Mourinho is visibly delighted to have been appointed at Italian club AS Roma
- The Portuguese manager who was fired at Tottenham will now take over from Fonseca at Roma
- He says he can’t wait to start as he also thanked the owners of the club - the Friedkin Group
Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho has expressed delight having bagged the managerial job at Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma.
The ‘Special One’ was announced manager of the Italian club on Tuesday afternoon, May 4, exactly two weeks after he was ousted at English Premier League side AS Roma.
He will now replace his compatriot Paulo Fonseca when he steps down from the Italian club at the end of the season.
In a post on his official social media handle, Mourinho thanked the Friedkin Group who are owners of the club. It is a consortium run by U.S. billionaire Dan Friedkin which took over the majority of the club in 2019.
“I thank the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and for making me part of their vision.
“After discussing the owners and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood how high the ambition of this club is. This aspiration and this drive are the same that have always motivated me and together we want to build a winning path in the years to come.
“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I can't wait to start next season. At the same time, I wish Paulo Fonseca the best of luck and ask the media to understand that I will only make statements in due course.”
The 58-year-old has had four of his contracts terminated before expiration since he first joined Chelsea in 2007.
He was also relieved of his duties as manager with Real Madrid in 2013, Chelsea again in 2015, Manchester United in 2018 and then Tottenham in 2021.
He was earlier asked if he was going to spend some time away from football, to which he responded by saying:
"No need, no need for breaks or recharged batteries. I'm always in football."
Meanwhile, it earlier reported that Thomas Tuchel has collected 11 topflight clean sheets from 15 matches following Chelsea's 2-0 win over Fulham at Stamford Bridge.
The German boss has now beaten the likes of Jose Mourinho and Luiz Felipe Scolari who opened their campaigns as Blues managers with ten clean sheets out of 15 games.
Kai Havertz rose to the occasion against Fulham having being regarded as a flop in his debut season with the west London club.