AS Roma Parts Ways with Jose Mourinho After AC Milan Defeat

AS Roma sacked Jose Mourinho, and former Roma captain Daniele De Rossi is likely to take charge of the club as a caretaker manager.

AS Roma has officially sacked Jose Mourinho following a string of disappointing performances in the 2023-24 season, culminating in a 3-1 loss to AC Milan. This decision comes on the heels of their frustrating exit from the Coppa Italia at the hands of arch-rivals Lazio. The Giallorossi currently sit in ninth place in Serie A, with seven losses in 20 league games.

Mourinho, who joined Roma in 2021, had an impactful first season, securing their first piece of continental silverware in 60 years with the Europa Conference League title. Despite reaching the Europa League final in the subsequent season, where they suffered a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Sevilla, Mourinho’s tenure has been marred by a series of touchline bans and public criticism.

Owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin released a joint statement expressing gratitude for Mourinho’s passion and efforts but emphasizing the need for an immediate change for the club’s best interests. The decision was not sudden, as the owners had carefully considered the team’s performance throughout the season, especially in the last month.

Former Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is reportedly the frontrunner to replace Mourinho, with an agreement being finalized. De Rossi is expected to take charge until June, with an option for contract renewal based on achievements and results. Other candidates, including Graham Potter and Antonio Conte, were also considered for the role.

The 60-year-old Mourinho, whose contract was set to expire in June, will now embark on the search for his next coaching opportunity, with reported interest from various clubs in Saudi Arabia. Conversely, Roma faces the challenge of regaining momentum under new leadership as they aim for a higher position in Serie A.

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