He wasted little time. Former Chelsea boss Mourinho gets appointed as manager of top European club

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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as been appointed as boss of Italian side Roma.

The Portuguese, who has previously worked in Serie A with Inter, has wasted little time in finding new job after being sacked by Tottenham on April 19 after just 17 months in charge.

Roma had earlier announced that current boss Paulo Fonseca will leave the Italian club at the end of the season.

Mourinho signed a three year contract with Roma until 2024.

In a statement released on the club’s official website, 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.”

Mourinho said after his appointment as Roma boss: “Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision.

“After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, 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.

“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!”

Tiago Pinto, Roma’s general manager, added: “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 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.

“Together with the vision and ambition of Dan and Ryan Friedkin, we will build the foundations of a new AS Roma.”

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