ROME/LONDON: Jose Mourinho will be back in football management next season with Roma, only a matter of months after his dismissal by English Premier League Tottenham.
The 58-year-old will replace outgoing fellow Portuguese Paulo Fonseca.
Mourinho, sacked by Tottenham on April 19, has signed a three-year deal with the three-time Serie A champions.
He said: “The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.
“Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club. After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions.
“It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project,” added Mourinho, who has also managed Inter Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid outside his homeland.
Mourinho was dismissed after 17 months in charge of Spurs following a poor second half of the season in which the north London club slipped from top of the table to outside the European places.
This season Mourinho suffered 10 league defeats in a single campaign for the first time in his managerial career.
Mourinho’s previous stint in Italian football was a successful one with Inter Milan that produced four major honours in two years.
He won the Italian title twice, the second victory forming part of the club’s historic treble in 2009-10 which also saw them claim the Champions League and Coppa Italia.
Roma have not won Serie A since 2000-01 under Fabio Capello. The club – who lost the 1984 European Cup final in their own stadium against Liverpool – also won the title in 1941-42 and 1982-83.
They are currently seventh in Serie A.
General manager Pinto said: “When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time.
“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.
“We are supremely confident Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future.”