Jose Mourinho named as Roma coach for next three seasons

Italian football club AS Roma announced on Tuesday that Jose Mourinho has signed a three-year deal and will take over as the side's head coach ahead of the 2021-22 Serie A season.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho will take over as AS Roma coach next season. He was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur last month.   -  Getty Images

AS Roma has appointed former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho as its new head coach on a three-year contract starting 2021-22 season, the Italian Serie A club announced on Tuesday.

The decision comes after the club announced coach Paulo Fonseca will leave his role at the end of the current campaign.

"We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho into the AS Roma family," club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin said.

"A great champion who has won trophies at every level, Jose will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project."

Mourinho, who has previously coached Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United, was sacked by Tottenham last month after 17 months in charge of the London club.

"After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma," Mourinho said.

"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."

Interestingly, Mourinho had said earlier this week that he does not expect to return to management next season following his dismissal by Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

The former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United boss was sacked by Tottenham after 17 months in charge of the London club and six days before its 1-0 League Cup final defeat by Manchester City.

"I have no plans. I'm going on with my normal life. I feel fresh. I feel calm. I'm on holiday. I have more time to be doing my homework and analysis," Mourinho said in an interview with Times Magazine.

"I'll wait to be back in football. Not just for the right club, but for the right culture. Maybe next season is premature, we will see," he added.