Roma announce Paulo Fonseca as their new coach


After Inter secured its new manager in Antonio Conte, another Champions League-chasing Serie A team got reinforcement on the bench - Roma. The club from the capital of Italy announced today that the former Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca will take charge of the Giallorossi.

Roma and the Portuguese tactician have signed a two-year contract, with an option of extending the cooperation until 2022. The 46-year-old has been at the helm of Shakhtar for the last three years, winning three league, three cup titles and Ukrainian Supercup. Before that, his only trophy was Portugal's cup with Braga in 2016. But the former centre back was the manager of Porto and Pacos Ferreira too back home, where he earned an esteemed reputation despite the lack of titles at Dragao during his stay.

AS Roma president Jim Pallotta expects the fans to be thrilled by this deal as much as he is. “We are delighted to welcome Paulo Fonseca to the club. Paulo is a young and ambitious coach with international experience, a winning mentality and a reputation for bold, attacking football that will excite our fans," said Pallotta on Roma's website.

Roma and Fonseca do seem like a perfect match, at the perfect time for both parties. “From the very first conversations we had with him, he made it very clear he wanted to come to Roma and was excited about the challenge of working with our players and putting out a team that the fans can be proud of.”

The Portuguese born in Mozambique was also keen to greet the fans after replacing the short-term solution Claudio Ranieri. "I am very pleased to be appointed the head coach of AS Roma I want to thank the club’s management for the opportunity they have given me. I am excited and motivated by the task ahead of us. I cannot wait to move to Rome, meet our fans and get started. Together, I believe we can create something special," Fonseca said.

Roma fans are largely excited by their new tactician but are still wary of the upcoming season in which the club won't have the chance to earn Champions League TV rights money. And it still remains to be seen whether Fonseca will have key players like Edin Džeko and Kostas Manolas at disposal or they will have to be sold.


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