Mourinho’s task will be to challenge new Serie A champions Inter Milan – the team he remarkably led to a hat-trick just over a decade ago in his only previous position in Italy .

José Mourinho, the most outspoken football coach, will take over next season at Roma, the team among Italy’s most outspoken supporters.

“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to take the job and I can’t wait to start next season,” Mourinho said in Roma’s surprise announcement on Tuesday.

Mourinho’s task will be to challenge new Serie A champions Inter Milan – the team he remarkably led to a hat-trick just over a decade ago in his only previous position in Italy .

“We are delighted and delighted to welcome José Mourinho to the AS Roma family,” said club president Dan Friedkin and vice president Ryan Friedkin. “A great champion who has won trophies at all levels, José will bring tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.”

Memorably proclaiming himself the ‘Special One’ when he reached Chelsea in 2004, one of Mourinho’s most famous phrases in Italy came at Roma’s expense five years later.

Shortly after a 3-3 draw between Inter and Roma which included a controversial penalty for Inter won by Mario Balotelli, Mourinho responded to Roma fans’ outrage by pointing out that the Giallorossi would finish the match. season with “zero titles” despite having a full team of “great players”.

These days Roma are mostly a young team with a few aging stars like Edin Džeko.

The Giallorossi are led by 24-year-old Lorenzo Pellegrini, although the team’s most talented player may be 21-year-old midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo, who has missed the entire season with injury.

With Roma in seventh place in Serie A and after being beaten by Manchester United 6-2 in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals last week, Mourinho will face a major challenge with the club.

While Roma reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2018, the team haven’t won a single trophy since winning the Italian Cup in 2008.

“He is a very prestigious coach with a lot of experience. And above all, he’s a coach who knows Italy well, ”said Fabio Capello, who coached Roma to their third and last Serie A title in 2001. LaPresse Press Agency. “Rome is a difficult city but it excels in difficult cities. I hope for the Roma fans that he will do as well as Inter.

The decision to hire Mourinho came hours after Roma announced that current coach Paulo Fonseca would leave at the end of this season. Mourinho’s contract is for three seasons, but he won’t take over until after this season.

“José’s appointment is an important step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture across the club,” said Friedkins, who bought the club last year from James Pallotta to retain US ownership. Mourinho has also coached Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham, from whom he was sacked last month.

At Roma, Mourinho can speak his native Portuguese with his compatriot Tiago Pinto, general manager of the team. The manager must relaunch his career after the apathy of the locker room and growing disillusion with his tactics cost him his job at Tottenham after 17 months at the London club.

It was Mourinho’s shortest period with a team since he became a skillful and confident Porto coach at the turn of the century.

“After meetings with the property and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma,” said Mourinho. “It’s the same ambition and the same motivation that have always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project in the years to come.”

Fonseca will continue to coach Roma in the Europa League semi-final second leg against United at Stadio Olimpico on Thursday, as well as the last four Serie A games this season.

“I wish Paulo Fonseca good luck and I hope the media will enjoy speaking only more in due time,” Mourinho said, before adding a cheer in the local dialect: “Daje Roma!”