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Corriere dello Sport: Tiago Pinto Could Leave Roma in February (Update: Club Confirms Departure)

Although he has six months remaining on his deal, General Manager Tiago Pinto may be shown the door after the January transfer window, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

US Sassuolo v AS Roma - Serie A TIM Photo by Emmanuele Ciancaglini/Ciancaphoto Studio/Getty Images

{Update: The club officially confirmed Pinto will leave the club effective February 3rd. See the statement at the bottom of the article.}

The New Year is all of 72 hours old, but 2024 already looks like a year of upheaval for AS Roma. From José Mourinho's expiring contract to a gaggle of former core players likely to leave the Eternal City in June, if not sooner, the Giallorossi seems poised to embark on another top-down remake. And according to the Corriere dello Sport, the shift could start as soon as next month, with General Manager Tiago Pinto reportedly bidding farewell to Roma after the January transfer window.

Signed in January 2021 from Benfica, Pinto arrived in Rome with a heavy dose of skepticism, with many pundits claiming he was merely a figurehead and that Portuguese legend Rui Costa was the real brains behind the Benfica operation. Undaunted, Pinto set about instilling his vision, signing José Mourinho to lead a squad that featured new signings like Tammy Abraham, Marash Kumbulla, Eldor Shomurodov, Rui Patricio and Matías Viña.

Handcuffed by the club's Financial Fair Play restrictions, Pinto's ability to make actual transfers was limited, but with the help of the Cult of Mourinho, he was able to add key free agents Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku in his second and third summers on the job, respectively.

However, with the club lagging behind the competition and its financial woes showing no signs of abating, Pinto has come under increasing scrutiny. Accordingly, the CdS reports that Roma will not renew Pinto's contract, which is set to expire in June, and will part ways with the Portuguese executive in February.

Recently appointed CEO Lina Souloukou will be tasked with finding a new mastermind for the Giallorossi. This list reportedly includes Roma's former interim Director of Sport, Ricky Massara, and François Modesto, the man behind Monza's rise from newly promoted side to a legitimate mid-table club.

He also looks equal parts Bond villain, cigarette spokesperson, and muse for some haute couture house.

No matter who Roma appoints, the new DS will face an uphill challenge as the club continues to fight against the FFP current. Needless to say, this is a potentially stunning development, so stay tuned as we continue to track this story.

Update

The club officially confirmed Pinto's departure, effective February 3rd, via press release:

AS Roma would like to express its gratitude to Tiago for the unwavering dedication and hard work done over three years and wishes him the best of luck for the future.

“We would like to thank Tiago for his tireless commitment to the entire Organization since day one, from the Men’s First Team to the Youth Academy and the Women’s Department”, said Dan and Ryan Friedkin.

“His term of office will come to an end at the closing of this winter transfer window. The process of hiring a new sporting director is underway and we look forward to making an announcement in the coming weeks.”

Under his guidance as General Manager of Football, the Giallorossi won the UEFA Conference League in 2022 and reached the final of the UEFA Europa League in 2023.

Pinto also had a chance to speak today's news:

“After three years, I believe that my cycle in Rome has come to an end, and, as my departure approaches, I would like to thank all those who made my stay at the club and in this city so special”, said Tiago Pinto.

“First of all, the Friedkin family, who trusted me with this unique opportunity to serve a historical club in a country where football is a passion and tradition.

“I would also like to express my gratitude towards the coaches, players, collaborators, and all those people who supported me in restructuring the sports area. Together, we shared the responsibility and privilege of working for such a precious Club, Roma.

“Lastly, I would like to devote a thought to two protagonists that, in certain aspects, together represent the past, the present, and the future of AS Roma. I’m referring to Roma supporters and the youth sector. The images of our boys being supported by our fans reminded me of the Giallorossi family’s meaning and made me so proud to have been a part of it.”

Well, there you have it, now we turn our attention to his replacement—updates as they become available.