The best reactions to Jose Mourinho being announced as AS Roma head coach

Sinead Butler
Tuesday 04 May 2021 19:33
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Jose Mourinho has been appointed as Roma manager for next season.

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Jose Mourinho has been announced as the new head coach at Serie A club, A.S. Roma, for the 2021-22 season.

“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season,” said Mourinho.

“Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club. After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions.”

“It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project,” added Mourinho.

The 58-year-old is set to replace fellow Portuguese Paulo Fonseca, who the club announced earlier on Tuesday would leave at the end of the current season.

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The news comes just 16 days after Mourinho was sacked from Tottenham Hotspur on April 19, after 17 months in charge of the premiership club.

A poor second half of the season and 10 league defeats in a single campaign for the first time in his managerial career led to the North London club slipping from top of the table to outside the European places.

Outside of his homeland of Portugal, Mourinho has also managed Inter Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Of course, football Twitter had a lot to say about the surprise announcement.

Many joked about Mourinho reuniting with defender Chris Smalling and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who Mourinho both managed under his spell at Manchester Utd in 2016-19.

Both are current players at A.S. Roma.

Others were making the same prediction as to what the new Roma coach might say if his team loses.

People are certainly excited for the next Serie A next season to see how Mourinho gets on at the Italian club.

Though not all agree with the decision to appoint Mourinho and certainly didn’t mince their words when discussing the club and its new head coach.

One person commented on the impeccable timing of the announcements coinciding with May the 4th day.

Another humorously changed Mourinho’s nickname from “the special one” to “the Roma-ntic one.”

We will have to wait until the new season begins to find out whether Mourinho can win any silverware at his new club.

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