Roma have announced that coach Paulo Fonseca will leave the club at the end of the season – just days before their European League semi-final second leg with Manchester United.
The Italian giants lost 6-2 to the Reds Devils in their first meeting, leaving them with a huge task to advance to the final.
If they don’t turn the situation around, the capital club could miss European competition entirely next season, as they battle Sassuolo for seventh place in Serie A.
Even then, that would only be enough for a place in the play-offs round of the first Europa Conference League.
Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has previously been linked to replace the Portuguese manager, who impressed at Shakhtar Donetsk before taking on the role of Roma in 2019.
Sarri has also seen his name in connection with the vacant management post at Tottenham Hotpsur.
Roma were third in Serie A until mid-February, but since Valentine’s Day they have been well below par.
They are winless in six games in all competitions, including the 6-2 first leg loss to United, and that form has been enough for the club chiefs to act.
“On behalf of everyone at AS Roma, we would like to thank Paulo Fonseca for his hard work and leadership over the past two years,” club president Dan Friedkin said in a statement on the site. Club web.
“Paulo has guided the team through many challenges, including the Covid pandemic and a change in ownership, and has done so with selfless integrity and great character.
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“We wish him the best for his future endeavors and know that he will be a valuable asset wherever he goes.”
Tiago Pinto, the club’s general manager (football), added: “I would like to thank Paulo for all his work for the club over the past two seasons.
“While the results weren’t always there on the pitch, we know he left a lot of good things that will continue to help our development – like the many talented young players he has encouraged and improved. , and our progress in Europe. League this season.
“We are building a path to success in Rome, and Paulo has played an important role in that.”
Meanwhile, Fonseca himself added: “Over the past two years we’ve had a number of ups and downs, but I’ve always given my all for this club and this city – a city that has always been so welcoming.
“I would like to thank the Roma fans, everyone we worked with at Trigoria, the players and everyone who helped us on this trip – especially Dan and Ryan Friedkin, for their continued support since their arrival, and Tiago Pinto, an incredible professional, to whom I wish the best as he continues his work for the club.
“We still have a few very important games ahead of us this season that we want to win, and we will continue to give our all to achieve it.”