Interviews

Zbigniew Boniek stands by Roma’s decision to sack Mourinho

Andy Mattioli
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Former Roma player and UEFA director Zbigniew Boniek discussed the recent sacking of Jose Mourinho.

In an interview with TeleradioStereo, Boniek reaffirmed his stance and backed Roma’s decision to dismiss the Special One mid-season, replacing him with Daniele De Rossi.

“Mourinho did a lot for the Giallorossi colours, and I think he did really well,” said Bonie. “But I stand by what I wrote on Twitter: it is a courageous and unpopular choice to oust Mourinho because we were all in love with him. I wrote that it was also a smart choice, because the marriage no longer worked.”

“Mourinho left messages about the future, about the renewal. And no one within the answered. Also given the results, reluctantly, it was better to do it today than to limp our way to June.”

“Josè is a leader, a lion, but without any guarantees about the future his position was weakening and the players sensed it. The locker room feels these things, and some players had clearly changed their attitude because of it. I’m the first to love Mourinho, but he averaged 1.70 points in 138 league games. At this point it was best to part ways.”

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MatchDay 37
19 May 20:45
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