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.

Jose Mourinho wants reunion with former Manchester United utility player at Tottenham in January

Reports in Belgium and England claim that Jose Mourinho is attempting to sign Marouane Fellaini for Tottenham.

Mourinho managed Fellaini during their time together at Manchester United before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to sell the midfielder earlier this year.

But Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure now reports that Mourinho has made the signing of Fellaini his ‘priority objective’ at Spurs.

The report claims that Mourinho has even contacted Fellaini ahead of a potential move in the January transfer window.

Fellaini is currently playing for Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League and the 32-year-old has scored seven goals and provided four assists in 22 league appearances for the club.

Fellaini’s current contract with Shandong runs until December 2021 with an option of an additional year.

But the Chinese Super League season has now ended and Fellaini will not be in action until March.

The Metro report that during their time together at United, Mourinho was a huge advocate of Fellaini’s versatility and even described the Belgian as ‘fundamental’ after a 2-0 win over Burnley last season.

“Everybody knows Marouane is not Maradona but everyone knows what Marouane is and what he can give,” Mourinho said last year.

Jose Mourinho reveals what he told his players before defeat at Old Trafford

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has revealed what he told his players at Old Trafford, stating that they should not to be fooled by Manchester United’s poor form after his old club failed to beat Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Aston Villa in recent weeks.

But after scoring in a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford, Alli admitted they failed to heed their manager’s warning.

Mourinho confirmed that he had warned his players what to expect, drawing on his experience of United playing better against the bigger teams because they can counter-attack.

“I tried to fight exactly that state of mind,” he said.

“I tried to tell them exactly the way United approach these matches at home – against Liverpool, against Chelsea, always the strong start with people running, pressing, trying to lift the morale of the supporters.

“Normally they come from bad results against smaller teams so when they face the big teams people think it’s going to be more difficult for them. It’s not more difficult for them because the responsibilities change and they feel comfortable in this style of play.

“We have to blame ourselves. I think United must obviously be happy with the points, and overall they deserved it.”

Sportsmail reports that the former United boss went into the home dressing-room after the game and congratulated his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“No problem, what’s the problem?” said Mourinho. “I have nothing against him, I think he has nothing against me. Why should we have any kind of problem?”

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Jose Mourinho reveals Tottenham’s decision on move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would join him for a reunion at White Hart Lane.

The former Manchester United striker is keen to join another top European club after announcing that he will be leaving LA Galaxy next month.

Spurs were linked with the 38-year-old just last week after the appointment of Mourinho, and reports claimed he’s billed to replace Fernando Llorente, who left for Napoli last summer.

Some Serie A clubs are reportedly angling for the services of the Swede, and AC Milan are determined to bring him back to San Siro.

But the Portuguese has poured cold water on the reported move, saying: “I have more than a connection [with Ibrahimovic], amazing player, amazing guy, but I would say no chance,’ affirmed the former Inter boss.

‘We have the best striker in England. It doesn’t make sense to sign him when we have Harry Kane.”

Former Chelsea manager doubts durable Mourinho-Levy relationship at Tottenham

Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has questioned whether his compatriot Jose Mourinho will strike up a strong relationship working alongside chairman Daniel Levy.

Villas-Boas, who was once at the saddle as Tottenham manager, believes Mourinho has the talent to get the club back on track, with the side currently 14th in the Premier League table.

“I’m very happy for Jose (Mourinho),” the Marseille manager told reporters as cited by SkySports.

“A coach with his career cannot spend 11 months without a club. There are coaches who can take sabbaticals, like I did, but Jose is not one of them.

“He is obsessed with football. He comes back to a club I know well, with a president, Daniel Levy, whom I know well.

“It’s an unusual marriage because I know both parties well. These are two characters who have reached an agreement even if I’m not sure it will work very well between the two (laughs). But if a coach can win Tottenham, it’s Jose.”

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Jose Mourinho responds to “Mr. Chelsea” tag, insists he doesn’t need new signings to succeed at Tottenham

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has denied the notion that he is Mr. Chelsea, the tag he got because of his relationship with the Stamford Bridge club having had two stints with the Blues as their manager.

The Portuguese was appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement on Wednesday morning, just 12 hours after the Argentine’s sacking.

The former Chelsea boss said:”I think they have to see me as Mr Inter, Mr Real Madrid, Mr Porto. I am a club man, but a many clubs man.

“I am not Chelsea, I am not Inter, I am not Real Madrid, I am all of them. I gave everything to all of them and that is what I am going to give here.

“I decided to have this adventure, go to different countries, until what I call the grand slam, England, Spain and Italy. I did it with this passion and then the Premier League, I thought, is my natural habitat.”

Mourinho insists he doesn’t need new signings to be successful at Tottenham.

“The best gift are the players who are here. I don’t need new players. I just need to get to know these ones better,” he told reporters.

“I know them well but you never know them well enough until you meet them.

“I told the players I came here because of them. I tried to buy some for different clubs and some I didn’t even try because you know how difficult it was.”

He will be in charge for Tottenham’s trip to West Ham on Saturday afternoon.