With his club mired in ninth place and struggling to perform up to expectations, José Mourinho's job security came under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. While the club hadn't exactly lined up a successor, with each successive defeat, punctuated by increasingly childish behavior from Mourinho on the touchline, the Special One's days felt numbered.
And, well, his number is now officially up:
AS Roma can confirm that José Mourinho and his coaching staff will leave the club with immediate effect.— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) January 16, 2024
Further updates on the new First Team coaching staff will follow imminently.
Earlier today, the club officially announced they had relieved José Mourinho of his managerial duties. Per the official release:
Mourinho was unveiled as the Giallorossi’s 60th coach in May 2021.
He led the team to win the Conference League in Tirana on May 25th, 2022, and to the Europa League final in Budapest last season.
“We would like to thank José on behalf of all of us at AS Roma for his passion and efforts since his arrival at the club,” said Dan and Ryan Friedkin.
“We will always have great memories of his tenure at Roma, but we believe that an immediate change is in the best interests of the club.
“We wish José and his assistants all the best in their future endeavours.”
Further updates on the new First Team coaching staff will follow imminently
While no replacement has been named yet, Daniele De Rossi is the rumored favorite to take over the reins at AS Roma.
We'll provide more updates as they become available, but with Roma set to face Verona on the 20th, they'll need to act fast.