Yes, that’s right! Jose Mourinho was sacked by AS Roma on October 23, 2023, after a disappointing run of results in Serie A. The decision came following a 3-1 defeat to Cremonese, which left the Giallorossi languishing in ninth place in the table.
Mourinho’s departure brought an end to his two-and-a-half-year stint at the Stadio Olimpico. While his time in Rome wasn’t without its successes, including winning the inaugural Europa Conference League in 2022, the club’s inconsistent league form and Mourinho’s strained relationship with certain players ultimately led to his dismissal.
Here are some key points about Mourinho’s sacking:
- Reasons for dismissal: Roma’s poor league form, sitting ninth in Serie A after 10 games, was the primary reason for Mourinho’s sacking. The club had only won four of their opening matches and were already 15 points behind league leaders Napoli.
- Tense atmosphere: Mourinho’s relationship with some players, particularly Tammy Abraham and Nicolò Zaniolo, was reported to be strained, which further contributed to the decision to let him go.
- Future at Roma: Former Roma Primavera coach Alberto De Rossi was appointed as caretaker manager following Mourinho’s dismissal, with the club expected to announce a permanent replacement in the near future.
Mourinho’s departure from Roma marks the end of another chapter in the Portuguese manager’s illustrious career. It remains to be seen where he will end up next, but there is no doubt that he will be looking for a new challenge to prove his doubters wrong.
He turns 61 later this month but such is insatiable love for football management you suspect after a short break he will on the lookout for another job.
Where will one of the most iconic managers in modern football turn up next? A payday in the Saudi Pro League, perhaps? Or will he get another shot in the Premier League, maybe?
We’d love to you know your thoughts.