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Roma Parts Ways with Mourinho, Appoints Club Legend De Rossi as New Manager

Jose Mourinho AS Roma

In a significant shift at the helm, AS Roma has announced the departure of José Mourinho following a string of disappointing results, and the appointment of club icon Daniele De Rossi as his successor. De Rossi, a stalwart for Roma with 616 appearances, steps into the managerial role with a contract running until June 30, with an option for extension.

This major decision comes in the wake of Roma’s recent 3-1 defeat to Milan and a painful Coppa Italia exit at the hands of arch-rivals Lazio. The Friedkin family, owners of the club, expressed gratitude towards Mourinho for his passion and contribution, which included memorable moments like winning the Europa Conference League in 2022, but emphasized the need for an immediate change for the club’s best interests.

De Rossi’s appointment was swiftly finalized, marking a new chapter for the Roma legend. Second only to Francesco Totti in appearances for the club, De Rossi’s managerial experience includes a brief period at Serie B side Spal and coaching roles with the Italian national team and Italian Football Federation. Despite his limited managerial tenure, his deep connection with Roma and understanding of the club’s ethos are expected to invigorate the team.

De Rossi expressed his excitement and readiness to take on this new challenge, acknowledging the immediate competitive demands and the goals that lie ahead. His appointment signals a fresh approach and a commitment to Roma’s long-standing tradition and values.

Mourinho’s tenure at Roma saw some highs, including leading the team to their first trophy in 14 years, but his recent performances have been underwhelming. With just one win in their past five matches and a concerning Serie A position, the decision to part ways reflects the club’s urgency to revive their fortunes.

Roma now looks ahead to a Europa League last-32 tie against Feyenoord, with the hope of De Rossi’s leadership steering them back to a competitive stance in both domestic and European arenas. Mourinho, a decorated coach with stints at Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Manchester United, leaves the club as it sits five points behind the top four and significantly adrift of Serie A leaders, Inter Milan.