Italian Serie A side AS Roma has appointed Jose Mourinho as the new club’s head coach.
The 58-year-old Portuguese manager is expected to replace Paulo Fonseca at the end of the current season. He will begin his new role ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.
Mourinho, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss, who was sacked in April after just seven months in charge due to poor performance, has agreed to a three-year contract with AS Roma, which will keep him at the club until June 2024.
“The club is delighted to announce an agreement has been reached with Jose Mourinho for him to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season,” Roma said in a brief statement shared on Twitter.
Reacting to his appointment Mourinho said: “Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision.
“After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma. It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project over the upcoming years. The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.”
Apart from Tottenham Mourinho has previously managed several top clubs including FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and Manchester United.
This will be Mourinho’s second spell in Serie A after spending two seasons with Inter (between 2008 and 2010). He guided the Nerrazzuri to two Scudetto titles and a Uefa Champion league title.
Meanwhile, Roma will take on Manchester United in a Europa League second-leg semi-final tie in Italy on Thursday, 6th May. In the first leg, which was played in England last week, United thrashed Roma 6-2.