Paulo Fonseca has broken his silence after being relieved of his duties at Roma in favor of Jose Mourinho.
Fonseca’s future in the Italian capital was hanging by a thread for quite some time. The Portuguese boss first fell out of favor with some key members in the dressing room before having a bust-up with the club’s hierarchy.
Indeed, there was a genuine feeling that the former Shakhtar Donetsk boss was on a borrowed time despite Roma’s impressive Europa League run. It is fair to say that the Giallorossi faltered in Serie A this season, having already lost all chances of clinching a top-four finish.
A string of underwhelming domestic performances culminated with a humiliating 6-2 defeat to Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie. Roma’s walloping at Old Trafford last Thursday was the final straw, as the Italians only waited for the appropriate opportunity to sack the 48-year-old.
On Tuesday, out of thin air, Roma announced Jose Mourinho is appointed the head coach at the expense of Fonseca.
The 58-year-old was only recently relieved of his duties at Tottenham following a thoroughly disappointing season in both Europe and the Premier League.
Infuriated by Mourinho’s behavior behind the scene, Spurs supremo Daniel Levy fired the famous manager a week ahead of Tottenham’s League Cup final against Manchester City. Caretaker boss Ryan Mason failed to cope with the pressure of delivering the Londoners’ first title in 14 years as Pep Guardiola’s side ran out 1-0 victors at Wembley.
Meanwhile, the ‘Special One’ has fond memories of his previous experience in Italy, having navigated Inter Milan to a legendary treble back in 2010.
Mourinho’s predecessor holds no grudge against him and insists he nothing against Roma either.
“Professionalism is a sacred value for me,” he said in the build-up to his side’s Europa League return leg against United, as relayed by Football Italia.
“I am fine, just as I was the first day I arrived. I am motivated and want to do my best for Roma until the last day I’m here. Mourinho is a great coach and will do a great job here.
“It is not a problem for me. I experience this moment with the same professionalism as always.”