The AS Roma football club announced today that they have parted ways with manager Jose Mourinho, ending his tenure as the head coach of the Serie A side.
Mourinho was appointed as Roma’s coach in May 2021, becoming the 60th person to take charge of the club. Over the past seasons, he guided Roma to memorable victories, including the Conference League title in 2022 and a run to the Europa League final last year. However, despite these achievements, Roma’s owners have decided to relieve Mourinho of his duties.
In a statement, the Friedkin family, who own AS Roma, expressed their gratitude to Mourinho “for his passion and efforts” during his time at the club. They stated that “we will always have great memories” of Mourinho’s Roma tenure. However, the owners believe “an immediate change is in the best interests” of the club going forward.
The statement indicates Roma may be seeking a different tactical or philosophical direction. By terminating Mourinho’s contract early, the club’s hierarchy feels a coaching change now is necessary as they plot their future course.
Roma said they will provide updates shortly regarding new First Team coaching staff. This sparks speculation about who could take over to lead the Giallorossi squad and if they will promote internally or look to external options.
The Portuguese manager’s firing now opens up speculation around where his decorated coaching career may lead next.
As Roma transitions to new leadership on the touchline, attention across football circles will focus on the club’s next coaching appointment and their ambitions moving ahead.