It’s little surprise that Italy would be Mourinho’s next destination. He is still very well regarded in Serie A, where memories of his treble-winning 2009/10 Inter Milan side remain fresh. There is also something of a vacuum at the top of the table, where Juventus and both Milan clubs are struggling financially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. That Juve’s scudetto monopoly has been blown apart could be ideal for Mourinho to drag Roma back to the top table.
At least, that’s what Roma’s owners, Dan and Ryan Friedki, who bought the sleeping giants in August 2020, are hoping. “The appointment of Jose is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture through our club,” they said last week, clearly determined to restore the sleeping giants to the Italian elite.
Back in that treble-winning 2009/10 season – the last time he won the Champions League – Mourinho famously derided Roma for their “zero tituli” despite a squad containing World Cup winners Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Simone Perrotta. The Friedkis are determined for such jibes to be a thing of the past.
The question is at what cost? Expect fireworks from Rome’s new emperor.