Sport Jose Mourinho appointed Roma manager, starting with the 2021-22 season
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Tottenham fans have expressed their renewed optimism ahead of Sunday's Carabao Cup final with Interim Head coach Ryan Mason replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho.With Jose Mourinho at the helm, opting for a defensive approach that ultimately proved futile with Tottenham giving up the joint-most points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, the 'To Dare Is To Do' mantra that lives in the DNA of the club was seemingly evaporating.
has made a rapid return to management with Roma announcing he will take over the club starting from the 2021-22 season.
The Portuguese boss, 58, has signed a three-year deal that will take him through to 2024. It also ushers in a return to Serie A for Mourinho, who won the treble with Inter Milan in a two-year spell at the San Siro from 2008 until 2010.
Mourinho said: 'Thank you to the Friedkin family (Roma's owners) for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision.
'After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto (Roma's general manager), I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma. It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project over the upcoming years.
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The 58-year-old was relieved of his duties by Spurs chief Daniel Levy last week, just days before the club's appearance in the Carabao Cup final, having overseen an underwhelming campaign. The north Londoners were dumped out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb under Mourinho's watch and are unlikely outsiders to clinch a place in the top four, missing out on Champions League football for a second successive season. Despite pocketing £20m in compensation from Spurs, Mourinho has taken up a new role with talkSPORT after admitting that he 'misses football already', more than a week after his dismissal.
'The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.
'In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciate that I will only speak further in due course. Daje Roma!'
In the meantime, Mourinho will be working for radio station talkSPORT across the summer with their coverage of Euro 2020.
But the Portuguese coach had underlined his desire to make a swift return to the dugout and he replaces Paolo Foncesca, who Roma announced earlier on Tuesday will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Roma sit seventh in the Serie A standings at present and were thrashed 6-2 by Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at Old Trafford last Thursday. The return leg in Italy is on Thursday.
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Club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin said: 'We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho into the AS Roma family.
'A great champion who has won trophies at every level, Jose will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.
'The appointment of Jose is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club.'
General manager Pinto revealed that Roma weighed up a move for Mourinho as soon as news emerged that Tottenham had sacked him.
'When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time,' Pinto said.
'We were blown away by Jose's desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.
Jose Mourinho returns to management at Roma on three-year contract
The Portuguese, who has previously worked in Serie A with Inter, has wasted little time in finding new job after being sacked by TottenhamThe 58-year-old was relieved of his duties at Tottenham on April 19, with the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager failing to convince at a third Premier League employer.
'We know that in order to build a successful sporting project it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are supremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future.'
His appointment means a potential reunion with former Manchester United players Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who he didn't enjoy the most seamless relationship with during his time at Old Trafford.
Mourinho once appeared to publicly question Smalling's resilience, suggesting he was 'too cautious' in his recovery from a toe injury while playmaker Mkhitaryan just last week said he found it 'hard' to get to grips with Mourinho's way of working.
'I never regret my decisions,' Mkhitaryan told The Athletic. 'At that time, he (Mourinho) was one of the most successful coaches in the world. I think he was the coach with the most trophies. So that was a different experience.
'It was very hard but I learned a lot as well. I learned how to defend, how to help the team. It was not only about scoring goals and making assists.
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'It was more about the team winning so it doesn't matter who scored, we had to win together. It didn't matter who made the assist we must always be happy that we won the game.
'What I want to say is that I had a hard time but after the first two or three months there, I had a very good time. I won three trophies with the club, which was amazing. You know, some players have been playing in Manchester for ages but they haven't won anything.'
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy ruthlessly axed Mourinho on the Monday before the Carabao Cup final (which ended in defeat to Manchester City), placing former Spurs player Ryan Mason in charge for the rest of the season.
Mourinho won 45 out of his 86 games as Tottenham manager, drawing 17 and losing 24.
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The former assistant of the Inter Milan coach admits Conte's rivalry with Roma-bound Jose Mourinho has been 'blown out of proportion' despite 'not pleasant words' being thrown by the managers. Mourinho was appointed as the new Roma manager on Tuesday and will take over the Giallorossi from the start of next season, with the aim of overthrowing Conte's Inter Milan from the top of Serie A after they were crowned champions last week.