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AS Roma sacks former Chelsea and Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Roma with the club ninth in Serie A
Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Roma manager with the club ninth in Serie A.

AS Roma have today announced they have parted ways with head coach Jose Mourinho following a poor run of form in the last couple of games.

The Giallorossi have won just one of their last six Serie A games and sit ninth in the league, five points off Champions League qualifying spot and were just knocked out of the Coppa Italia by city rivals Lazio last week.

The Portuguese manager, who took over in May 2021, led Roma to the Europa Conference League title a year later and the Europa League final in 2023, was in his third season at Roma and his contract was due to expire in June.

After the cup loss to Lazio, Mourinho had compared himself to Harry Potter, suggesting his profile was “raising expectations” for what Roma could achieve. A comment that did not go down well with the Owners or fans associated with the Giallorossi.

Owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin thanked Mourinho “for the passion and commitment he has shown” as boss. 

“We will always have great memories of his stewardship, but we believe that, in the best interests of the club, immediate change is necessary,” they added in a statement.

A club statement read:

“We would like to thank Jose on behalf of all of us at AS Roma for his passion and efforts since his arrival at the club. We will always have great memories of his tenure at Roma, but we believe that an immediate change is in the best interests of the club. We wish Jose and his assistants all the best in their future endeavours.”

Victory in the 2022 Conference League secured Roma’s first major European title and earned Mourinho huge support among the club’s fanbase.

But after they were beaten on penalties by Sevilla in last season’s Europa League final the Italian club took just five points from their first six Serie A matches in a poor start to the current campaign.

With Roma 16th in the table, the former Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Tottenham boss said he had rejected the “craziest offer” to leave last summer.

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