Jose Mourinho has made a rapid return to management with Roma announcing he will take over the club starting from the 2021-22 season.
The Portuguese boss, 58, has signed a three-year deal that will run through to 2024. It also ushers in a return to Serie A for Mourinho, who won the treble with Inter Milan in a two-year spell at the San Siro from 2008 until 2010.
The news comes as something of a surprise, after Mourinho told Times Magazine last week that he will “wait to be back in football” following his Spurs departure.
Mourinho already has a phenomenal record in Italy, having managed Inter Milan for two season between 2008 and 2010. He won consecutive league titles, one Italian Super Cup, one Italian Cup and one Champions League, before departing for Real Madrid.
The 58-year old continued to win trophies after leaving Italy. He claimed a La Liga and Copa Del Rey at Real Madrid before returning to the Premier League to win more trophies with Chelsea and then Manchester United.
Tottenham was the first time in his managerial career – since joining Porto in 2002 – which saw him fail to lift any silverware, though he was axed just before the North Londoners were set to face Manchester City in the League Cup Final. They went on to lose that fixture 2-0.
While some have argued his better days as a manager are behind him, Italy represents an opportunity to recapture his former glory, in a nation more aligned with his defensive tendencies.