End of an era as Jose Mourinho leaves Roma

Roma have confirmed the departure of Jose Mourinho six months before the end of his contract.

The final straw for Mourinho was a week in which Roma were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by rivals Lazio and then lost in the league to Milan.

Discussions were held about Mourinho’s future on Monday, a day in which no one really knew what was going on as reports filtered through about the possibilities of him being sacked, resigning or staying.

On Tuesday, the club have confirmed they have parted company with the Special One, with the Friedkins claiming “an immediate change is in the best interests of the club.”

Mourinho will be remembered as the man who ended Roma’s trophy drought by leading them to the Europa Conference League at the first attempt in 2022.

Another European final followed the season after, when Roma lost the Europa League on penalties to Sevilla.

His legacy also includes how he helped bring players like Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku to the club.

But Mourinho leaves Roma ninth in the Serie A table with their lowest points tally after 20 games in 20 years, so the decision has been made to bring new ideas in.

What those ideas will be remains to be seen; Roma will communicate about the future of their coaching staff in due course.

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