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Jose Mourinho returns to Serie A as Roma’s manager

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Jose Mourinho

Ose Mourinho was hired on Tuesday as coach of the Italian club Roma from next season.

The move came hours after the club’s US owners announced that current coach Paulo Fonseca will leave at the end of this season. Mourinho’s contract is for three seasons.

“We are excited and happy to welcome Jose Mourinho to the AU Roma family,” said club president Dan Friedkin and vice president Ryan Friedkin. “A great champion who has won trophies at every level, Jose will provide great guidance and experience for our ambitious project.

“Jose’s appointment is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent culture of winners throughout the club.”

Mourinho previously coached Serie A at Inter Milan, leading the Nerazzurri to triple titles in 2010, including the Champions League.

Mourinho has also coached Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham, from whom he was sacked last month.

“After meetings with the owner and (general manager of the Roma) Thiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma,” said Mourinho. “The same ambition and aspiration have always motivated me and together we want to build a profitable project in the coming years.

“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I can’t wait to start next season.”

With Roma in seventh place in Serie A, Fonseca was already under pressure to enter the semi-finals of the Europa League. Roma lost to Manchester United 6-2 last week in the first match.

Fonseca will still coach Roma during the rematch at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday, as well as the other four games in Serie A this season.

“I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media will appreciate that I will only speak further in time,” Mourinho said, adding a greeting to the local dialect: “Daje Roma!

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