AS Roma has terminated Jose Mourinho’s contract after a disappointing performance in Serie A and an exit from the Coppa Italia.
Daniele De Rossi, the former Roma captain, has been appointed as his replacement.
The team currently sits ninth in Serie A, trailing the leaders by 22 points.
Mourinho, who led Roma to the Europa Conference League title in 2022, joined in 2021 and was let go before his contract’s June expiration.
De Rossi is set to manage until June, with the possibility of extension based on performance. Graham Potter and Antonio Conte were also considered for the position.
A Roma statement read: “We would like to thank Jose on behalf of all of us at AS Roma for his passion and efforts since his arrival at the club.
“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 Jose and his assistants all the best in their future endeavours.”
Roma owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin summoned Jose Mourinho at the Trigoria training ground to inform him of their decision to part ways.
The move was not impulsive and was based on a thorough evaluation of the season, especially the recent month’s performance.
The club’s ownership concluded that a change in direction was necessary, prompting the cancellation of Roma’s training session ahead of their upcoming match against Verona.