The defeat against AC Milan (3-1), two days ago, was one too many. On Tuesday January 16, AS Roma announced the departure of Portuguese coach José Mourinho and his technical collaborators with immediate effect. Currently ninth in Serie A, 22 points behind Inter Milan, leader of the championship, the Italian club should announce its replacement as soon as possible.

“We thank José for his passion and commitment since his arrival in Rome,” welcomed the club’s owners in a press release. We will always have fond memories of his management, but we believe that, in the best interests of the club, immediate change was necessary. We wish José and his colleagues the best for the future. »

While Mourinho was quickly adored in the Italian capital, his relations with the Friedkin family, owners of the club, have deteriorated recently. The 60-year-old has notably publicly criticized the quality and composition of the squad made available to him in recent weeks.

A European Cup won with AS Roma

Since his arrival on the Giallorossi bench in May 2021, the Romans have won the first edition of the Europa Conference League, in 2022, and played in the final of the Europa League in 2023, lost against Sevilla FC.

Winner of two Champions Leagues as a coach, “The Special One”, notably with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, is considered one of the best coaches of his generation.

Although his style of play has not been the most exciting in recent years, he is regularly cited to become Brazil coach. The extension of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid in December 2023, a time expected to take the reins of the Seleçao, leaves the field open for José Mourinho to try a new adventure.