Jose Mourinho is sacked as manager of Roma. He is to be replaced by Daniele De Rossi who is contracted until 30 June 2024.
Roma relieve Jose Mourinho, aged 60, from his role as Roma manager. The club is currently sitting in ninth place in Serie A.
Having taken charge in May 2021, Mourinho achieved success by securing the Europa Conference League title within a year and guiding Roma to the Europa League final in 2023.
Despite these accomplishments, the team currently lags five points behind Serie A’s last Champions League qualifying spot, and a recent elimination from the Coppa Italia by city rivals Lazio added to the mounting challenges.
Thanks for your ‘passion and commitment’
Owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin thanked Mourinho for his “passion and commitment” in a statement, acknowledging the positive memories associated with his leadership. However, they deemed immediate change necessary for the club’s best interests.
“We thank José on behalf of all of us at AS Roma for the passion and commitment he has shown since his arrival in the Giallorossi,” said Dan and Ryan Friedkin in their statement.
“We will always have great memories of his management, but we believe that, in the best interests of the Club, an immediate change is necessary. We wish José and his collaborators the best for the future”.
Mourinho, who received a red card during the Lazio defeat, drew attention to his own influence, likening himself to Harry Potter and suggesting that his profile was “raising expectations” for Roma. Following this, a 3-1 league loss to AC Milan contributed to the decision to terminate his contract, as Roma fell five points behind fourth-placed Fiorentina.
De Rossi back as temporary manager
Roma confirmed on their website that Daniele de Rossi will be returning to the club as manager until 30th June 2024.
“We are happy to be able to hand over the managerial role of AS Roma to Daniele De Rossi, as we feel that the leadership and ambition that have always defined him can prove decisive in achieving the team’s objectives until the end of the season,” said Dan and Ryan Friedkin.
“We were aware of Daniele’s unbreakable bond with the club, but his enthusiasm for accepting the position for the next few months convinced us even more of his ability to be a guide for the players and a proud representative of the club’s values. Welcome home, Daniele.”