Jose Mourinho has agreed to become a Roma coach starting next season, saving Tottenham a whopping £ 13 million.
The Portuguese will replace Paulo Fonseca in the Italian capital ahead of the 2021-22 season, immediately returning to management following his dismissal by Spurs just over two weeks ago.
And his appointment is expected to save Spurs millions in compensation. The North London club gave Mourinho a garden leave after his resignation, which essentially meant that Tottenham would continue to pay the Special One’s salary each month.
Jose Mourinho has been appointed Roma manager and will take charge for the 2021-2022 season
Mourinho was fired by Tottenham two weeks ago, six days before the Carabao Cup final
But the club will stop paying Mourinho once he officially starts working for Roma at the end of the season, meaning Spurs will only pay the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss a fraction of the £ 16 million fee he has. was due.
As Sportsmail exclusively disclosed in April, the amount of compensation Mourinho was entitled to upon his dismissal was linked to performance clauses in his contract.
Spurs were seventh in the league when the decision was made to fire Mourinho – meaning the 58-year-old was not entitled to full compensation from his base salary of £ 10 million a year.
Mourinho wasted no time selecting a suitable phone case for the next step in management
Mourinho says he is attracted to the Italian capital by the ambition of the club owners.
“Thanks to the Friedkin family (the owners of Roma) for choosing me to lead this great club and be part of their vision,” he said.
‘After meeting with the owner and Tiago Pinto (general manager of Roma) I immediately understood the full scope 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 in the coming years.
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‘The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I can’t wait to start next season.
In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope that the media will appreciate that I will only continue speaking in due course. Daje Roma! ‘
General manager Tiago Pinto said the club could not pass up the opportunity to appoint Mourinho. He said, “When Jose became available, we took the opportunity. We were blown away by Jose’s desire to win and passion for the game.
He has the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels. We know it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions to build a successful sports project. ‘
Mourinho will be working for talkSPORT this summer during their Euro 2020 coverage
Hours before Mourinho’s appointment, Roma announced that current coach Paolo Fonseca was free
The Portuguese boss, 58, has signed a three-year contract that runs until 2024. It also heralds a return to Serie A for Mourinho, who won the Treble with Inter Milan in a two-year period at San Siro from 2008. 2010.
Sportsmail understands that Roma’s emphatic 6-2 defeat to Manchester United in the Europa League last week accelerated Mourinho’s arrival.
Mourinho was available and ready to go was appealing to Roma too, with the Friedkin family owning the club looking for the best free coach to replace Paolo Fonseca and avoid paying millions in compensation.
Roma announced earlier on Tuesday that Fonseca will leave at the end of the season.
Roma leaders hailed Mourinho’s desire to return to football and win more silverware
They had initially made a move for former Chelsea, Juventus and Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, but ditched him in favor of Mourinho. The Portuguese boss wasted no time picking out a suitable phone case for his next management move.
Mourinho celebrated the news by posting a photo of a case in Roma’s colors with the initials ‘JM’ on his Instagram page on Tuesday afternoon next to the caption: ‘My new phone case’.
In the meantime, Mourinho will be working all summer for radio station talkSPORT with their coverage of Euro 2020.
Roma are seventh in the Serie A standings and were beaten 6-2 by United last week in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at Old Trafford. Thursday is the return in Italy.
Club President Dan Friedkin and Vice President Ryan Friedkin said: “We are delighted and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho to the AS Roma family.
Jose, a great champion who has won trophies at every level, will bring tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.
Mourinho’s appointment reunites him with ex-Manchester United man Chris Smalling
Ex-United forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also with Roma and previously played under Mourinho
“Jose’s appointment is a huge step in building a long-lasting and consistent winning culture across the club.”
His appointment marks a reunion with two of his former Manchester United players, Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He didn’t enjoy the most seamless relationship with defender Smalling during his time at Old Trafford.
Mourinho once seemed to publicly question his resilience, suggesting he was ‘too cautious’ with his recovery from a toe injury, while playmaker Mkhitaryan said last week that he was having a hard time getting to grips with Mourinho’s way of working.
“I never regret my decisions,” Mkhitaryan said The athletic. At the time, he (Mourinho) was one of the most successful coaches in the world. I think he was the coach with the most trophies. So that was a different experience.
‘It was very difficult, but I also learned a lot. I’ve learned how to defend, how to help the team. It wasn’t just about scoring goals and giving assists.
‘It was more about winning the team, so no matter who scored, we had to win together. No matter who gave the assist, we should always be happy that we won the match.
“What I’m saying is that I’ve had a hard time, but after the first two or three months there, I had a really good time. I have won three trophies with the club which was great.
“You know, some players have been playing in Manchester for a long time, but they haven’t won anything.”
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy ruthlessly overtook Mourinho on the Monday before the Carabao Cup final, which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City. Levy has left former Spurs player Ryan Mason in charge for the remainder of the season, but no announcement has been made regarding Mourinho’s permanent successor.
Mourinho has won 45 of his 86 games as manager of Tottenham, signed 17 and lost 24.