Roma announces the departure of José Mourinho from the club “with immediate effect”

2024-01-16 09:28:02

ROME (AP) — José Mourinho is leaving Roma “with immediate effect,” the club announced Tuesday, ending a sometimes successful but also turbulent spell in the Italian capital.

The decision came two days after a 3-1 defeat to AC Milan left Roma in ninth place in Serie A and in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the sixth consecutive season.

This was Mourinho’s third season at the Roman club, where he had a contract until June. In his first year he led the “giallorossi” to win the UEFA Conference League and last year he played in the Europa League final.

But Mourinho also received several sanctions for his protests and criticism of the referees, something that the club’s American owners did not like at all.

“AS Roma can confirm that José Mourinho and his coaching staff will leave the club with immediate effect,” the institution said in a statement.

“We would like to thank José on behalf of all of us at AS Roma for his passion and effort since his arrival at the club,” said Dan and Ryan Friedkin. “We will always have great memories of his time in Rome, but we believe that an immediate change is best for the club.”

Roma will offer more information about their new coaching staff “imminently”.

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