AS Roma has decided to part ways with Jose Mourinho, and owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin expressed their gratitude for his passion and efforts during his tenure at the club. Despite acknowledging the positive memories created, the owners believe that an immediate change is in the best interests of the club.
Mourinho, whose contract was originally set to conclude in June, along with his technical team, will be leaving the club with immediate effect, as announced by Roma. The decision comes after a 3-1 defeat against AC Milan at San Siro, where Mourinho faced disapproval from both opposing fans and, notably, his own team’s supporters.
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The post-game incident, where Roma’s players were met with open hostility from their fans, revealed a significant shift in mood. The fans challenged the team to demonstrate resilience, with striker Andrea Belotti admitting, “We’ve hit rock bottom.” This backlash occurred while Mourinho, serving a suspension for an altercation with officials, observed the match from the stands.
Online criticism surfaced, questioning Mourinho’s methods for the first time since his appointment in 2021. One frustrated fan even went as far as to claim, “Mourinho has ruined us even more than Monchi,” signaling a notable change in sentiment and ultimately marking the end of Mourinho’s tenure at Roma.