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Mourinho takes over - Roma coach Fonseca has to leave in the summer

Star coach Jose Mourinho found a new club just two weeks after being fired from Tottenham Hotspur. The Portuguese will take over the traditional Italian club AS Roma for the coming season. Mourinho, who had already worked with Inter Milan in Serie A from 2008 to 2010 and won the triple there, succeeds his compatriot Paulo Fonseca.

"I can't wait to get started," said Mourinho. The Roma owners embodied "the same ambitions and the same drive that has always motivated me". With them he plans to create a "winning project" in the coming years. The decisive factor for his acceptance was "the unbelievable dedication" of the fans.

"We are thrilled and happy to welcome Jose Mourinho to the Roma family," said club president Dan Friedkin and his son and runner-up Ryan Friedkin: "He is a great champion who has won trophies at every level." Mourinho receives a contract until 2024.

A few hours earlier, the Roma had announced the separation from Fonseca at the end of the season. The Italians had brought the Portuguese in June 2019 as the successor to Claudio Ranieri, but after the recent 2: 6 against Manchester United in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League, the criticism had grown louder.

Rome is currently only seventh in Serie A. However, because Atalanta Bergamo and Juventus Turin contest the cup final, this is at least enough for a place in the new Conference League this year.

"We have seen many ups and downs in the past two years, but I've always given everything for this club and this city," said Fonseca, who is still allowed to finish the season: "We still have some important games ahead of us." The semi-final second leg in the Europa League against ManUnited is on Thursday.

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