Jose Mourinho sacked as Roma manager amid Serie A struggles

Posted : 16 January 2024

Jose Mourinho has been relieved of his duties as the manager of Roma, occupying the ninth position in Serie A. Mourinho, who assumed the role in May 2021, led Roma to the Europa Conference League title and the Europa League final in 2023.

 

Despite these achievements, the team is currently five points away from the Champions League qualifying spot in Serie A and was recently eliminated from the Coppa Italia by local rivals Lazio. Owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin expressed gratitude for Mourinho's passion but deemed immediate change necessary for the club's best interests.

 

The decision to dismiss Mourinho came after a string of unsatisfactory results, including a red card in the match against Lazio, where he compared himself to Harry Potter, suggesting that his profile was raising unrealistic expectations for Roma.

 

Following this, a 3-1 league defeat by AC Milan added to the team's woes, leaving them five points behind fourth-placed Fiorentina. Despite Mourinho's success in securing Roma's first major European title in the 2022 Conference League, their Serie A campaign had a lackluster start, earning only five points from the first six matches.

 

While Mourinho had previously rejected enticing offers to leave last summer, the recent struggles led to the decision to part ways. The Portuguese manager's contract, initially set to expire at the end of the season, has been cut short, ending his tenure at Roma after less than two years.

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