Paulo Fonseca recounts Mourinho’s appointment at Roma

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca – currently in charge of Ligue 1 club Lille – was recently asked to participate in an in-depth interview with Sky Sport about his career entitled “The Roads to Paulo Fonseca.”

The Portuguese technician spoke about his Roma past and the club’s decision to appoint Mourinho while Fonseca’s second and final season with the Giallorossi was still on-going.

“Roma is a very unique club, very warm and the people are very enthusiastic. Although it’s not easy – we all know that being a manager at Roma is far from easy, but Roma represents a unique moment in a manager’s career.”

“I experienced a difficult time with Roma, the Friedkins took over and we had no sporting director in place. Then Tiago Pinto arrived and spoke to me and clarified everything. The Friedkins wanted to start from scratch and decided to invest in a coach that had a winning track record.”

“When I left the club, we exchanged messages with Mourinho. I understood the situation then, he was honest with me and what mattered most was Mourinho’s honesty in that moment.”

“I already knew of his appointment before everyone else. Tiago Pinto is someone who I admire a lot and is doing a great job with the club: he was very clear and honest with me.”

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