Revealed: Real reasons AS Roma sacked Jose Mourinho after confrontation with club owner

Jose Mourinho argued with Roma owner Dan Friedkin after learning he would be sacked but the Portuguese coach’s relationship with a few Giallorossi players was also far from ideal, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

Roma announced Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday morning and sources in Italy claim the Special One did not expect such a sudden decision from the club owners.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, via Football Italia, Mourinho was fuming when told he would be sacked on Tuesday morning. “He did not take it well at all,” writes the Rome-based paper.

It is reported that Friedkin blamed Mourinho for ‘certain shortcomings’ but the coach hit back by mentioning promises the club owner hadn’t kept.

Corriere dello Sport confirms that Dan Friedkin had considered sacking Mourinho after last season’s Europa League Final against Sevilla and even following a 4-1 loss against Genoa this past September. The paper claims Roma owners never considered extending Mourinho’s contract beyond June 2024.

The Friedkins were not happy with Mourinho’s constant blaming of referees and complaints over the club’s transfer strategies, including a picture during the summer training retreat where he posed with his staff members, leaving a gap for the centre-forward they had not yet been able to sign.

Mourinho’s relationship with some players was also not ideal. He had reportedly argued with Chris Smalling in October and continued taunting the English defender for his poor fitness during the season. Smalling has only played three games this term and Corriere dello Sport suggests he will probably return to action soon, now that Mourinho is gone.

It is reported that Mou was not entirely happy with Lorenzo Pellegrini’s attitude recently and even Leonardo Spinazzola and Renato Sanches didn’t get along with the coach anymore.

The Portuguese midfielder on loan from PSG was replaced after just 18 minutes from his introduction from the bench in an away game at Bologna in December, while Mou angrily reproached Spinazzola inside the dressing room after a 2-0 loss in the same game at the Stadio Dall’Ara, leaving the Italy international unhappy.

Sacked Jose Mourinho touted to replace Xavi at Barcelona as manager

Jose Mourinho’s agent has reportedly put the 60-year-old’s name forward to become Xavi’s replacement at Barcelona.

The former Chelsea, Man United and Tottenham manager was relieved of his duties with Serie A side Roma, who sit ninth in the league table, despite asking for a new contract.

However, Mourinho – who was yesterday spotted leaving the Roma training ground with tears in his eyes – may have a new role already lined up, according to reports.

El Nacional claim that Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has put the 60-year-old’s name forward to become Xavi’s replacement at Barcelona.

Xavi is reportedly fighting to keep the confidence of multiple first-team players at Barcelona, given their recent struggles.

Barcelona are fourth in LaLiga, eight points off pace-setters Girona, and their latest blow came in a 4-1 battering by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.

Should Mourinho make the move, it would come as a shock to fans given his time at rivals Real Madrid, where he won one LaLiga and one Copa Del Rey.

Mourinho joined Roma in May 2021 and spent two-and-a-half years in the role, leading them to the Europa Conference League title in 2022 when they beat Feyenoord, which was the club’s first European trophy since 1961.

He also guided them to the Europa League final last season, before they were defeated by Sevilla on penalties.

(Watch Highlights) Jose Mourinho suffers heaviest managerial career defeat as Norwegian minnows crush Roma (Match Report)

Jose Mourinho has suffered the heaviest defeat of his managerial career after Roma were thumped 6-1 by Norwegian minnows Bodo/Glimt.

The Serie A side were outclassed by the Scandinavian outfit at the Aspmyra Stadion in their Europa Conference League clash.

The Giallorossi wanted to maintain their perfect record in the Conference League, but also rested numerous players, especially on a synthetic turf in Norway. Bryan Reynolds and Borja Mayoral got their first starts of the season.

The hosts broke the deadlock with the first real chance, a lovely passing move that saw Erik Botheim complete a give-and-go with Sondre Brunstad Fet to slice the Roma defence in two.

It was almost 2-0, Rui Patricio alert to parry a Morten Konradsen strike from close range, then Mayoral’s first touch let him down running onto the Roger Ibanez assist.

Patrick Berg smashed a ferocious finish into the top corner from outside the box, but the Roma press was non-existent.

Carles Perez had a snapshot from distance, then got a goal back, a great first touch to control the Amadou Diawara ball over the top and keep his cool in sweeping past the goalkeeper.

Amahl Pellegrino threatened a third goal for the hosts on the stroke of half-time, his diving header flashing wide.

Jose Mourinho was clearly unhappy at the break and made a triple substitution, but it didn’t do much good, as Bodo/Glimt restored their two-goal cushion.

Alfons Sampsted did well to dribble to the by-line and manage to pull back for Botheim to tap in unmarked from seven yards.

Ola Solbakken’s strike stung Rui Patricio’s gloves and he got the fourth goal after comfortably sprinting away from Marash Kumbulla to dink it past the goalkeeper.

It went from bad to worse, as the Roma players looked like they were running through treacle and were so slow to react when losing possession. Bodo/Glimt hit a one-two in the space of 94 seconds, first Pellegrino springing the offside trap on a Botheim through ball, then returning the favour for the hat-trick.

Incredibly, Thursday’s affair is the first time a team coached by the Special One has shipped in six goals in a single game.

It’s a stat made even more staggering considering that was the 58-year-old’s 1008th match of his career.

His previous biggest loss was Real Madrid’s 5-0 mauling at the hands of rivals Barcelona in November 2010.

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