Opinion

Is Thiago Motta the Heir Apparent of Jose Mourinho at Roma?

RomaPress Staff
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The potential departure of Jose Mourinho from AS Roma this summer has left many supporters wondering who will replace the Special One when his contract expires in June.

With just six months left on his deal, the Special One is increasingly likely to call it curtains on his three-year stay in the Italian capital. The two sides still haven’t opened contract renewal talks—forcing Roma to start weighing-up their options for the post-Mourinho era.

One name rumored to be at the top of the candidate list is one of Mourinho’s former players, Thiago Motta. The Brazil-born former Italian international has impressed this campaign with Bologna and a move to the Italian capital could be in the works for next season. But would it make sense for both he and the Giallorossi?

A Turbulent Start

A key figure in Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning side in 2010, current Bologna manager Thiago Motta has long been praised for his tactical intelligence, technical finesse, and leadership qualities.

Following the conclusion of his playing, the former Italian international quickly transitioned to begin his managerial career when he was appointed the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain’s U-19 side in May 2018. Though, he’d only stay in the role for 17 months due to accepting his first senior coaching position with Genoa.

However, his stay was short since the club opted to axe him after just ten matches, ending his time with a record of 2W, 3D, and 5L during his three months in charge. He returned to the bench eighteen months later for the 2021/22 season with Spezia.

He successfully guided the club to safety and was even named the Serie A Manager of the Month for January. Despite the success, many were shocked when Spezia announced in June 2022 they mutually parted ways with the former midfielder.

Success with Bologna

Motta reemerged a few months later when Bologna appointed him to replace the late Siniša Mihajlović in September. It took him time to find his footing with the Rossoblu, going winless in his first four games at the helm. After a tough start to his tenure, he guided the team to wins in 5 of their next 6 matches.

Bologna ultimately ended the season 9th in the Serie A table—an impressive feat given the relegation-worries they faced early in their campaign. With the chance to oversee the summer preseason and transfer window, Motta’s side came out firing in the early stages of this season and find themselves in the running for Europe with many Neteller betting sites tipping them to challenge for a Conference League place.

His successes with the club haven’t gone unnoticed and it’s possible the 41 year-old could take the next step in his coaching career by moving to a big club next season, potentially at Roma.