Italian Serie A side Roma have found their new manager ahead of next season, Paulo Fonseca.
However, the Romans have now announced that Fonseca will be their next permanent manager, with an official statement declaring: “AS Roma are delighted to confirm that Paulo Fonseca will be the club’s new head coach.
“The 46-year-old has agreed to take the reins at the Giallorossi ahead of the start of the new season, on an initial two-year contract.
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— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) June 11, 2019
“An optional third year could extend the deal until the summer of 2022.”
The 46-year old head coach has been coaching Shakhtar Donetsk for the last three years and was manager at Braga and Porto among other teams in the past.
Fonseca won the league and cup double in all three of his seasons with Shakhtar and also won the Ukrainian Super Cup in 2017 making that the most successful of his experiences as a manager.
The Portuguese will leave the Ukranian side with a spot in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League after his side finished first on the league standings.
Roma’s new manager has signed a two-year contract at the Italian capital side with him expected to stay in Rome until 2021.
Thank you, Paulo! | Trophies, emotions, and victories: Paulo Fonseca’s three years at Shakhtar https://t.co/cnzerp8RA5 pic.twitter.com/AmAQFMrf53
— FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FCShakhtar_eng) June 11, 2019
Fonseca will be replacing manager Claudio Ranieri who had taken over from Eusebio Di Francesco just towards the end of the 2018-19 Serie A Campaign.
“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.”
Roma chairman James Pallotta explained his choice and how he thinks the Portuguese manager is the right man for the job.
“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.
Three seasons of Paulo Fonseca at Shakhtar:
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— FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FCShakhtar_eng) May 19, 2019
“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,” said the club president.
Roma have had quite a disappointing campaign last season with the Giallorossi finishing sixth with just a Europa League spot having missed on Champions League football next season.
Roma starts in the Europa League qualifying rounds on July 25.
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