Roma's now biennial managerial search appears to have reached its conclusion. After visions of Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho dancing through our heads last month, it seems as though we've been brought back to reality, Roma's reality. While those two coaching luminaries would have been exciting hires and dramatic signals of intent from the increasingly maligned James Pallotta, the truth was always quite simple and quite stark—they were never realistic candidates.
So, after stepping down from that echelon and considering the likes of Roberto De Zerbi and even Gennaro Gattuso, it seems as though Roma have finally found their man:
Roma, accordo trovato con lo Shakhtar: Fonseca arriva lunedì https://t.co/d0xYphFMRd— Il Messaggero (@ilmessaggeroit) June 7, 2019
That was just the first image that popped up, but by now all your standard news outlets have picked up on this story. Having found an agreement with Shakhtar, in which Roma will pay his €2 million release clause, Fonseca is now free to coach the Giallorossi and will reportedly sign a three-year deal paying him €2 million a year, a reduction from his current salary.
If everything goes according to plan, Fonseca will land in Rome to make things official on Monday. We'll have more on the particulars of deal and exactly what it will mean for Roma on the pitch next week, but without Champions League football fueling their journey, Fonseca will have an even harder task ahead of him that many of his predecessors, making his attempt to solve the Roma riddle even more daunting.