Seria A: AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca to leave at end of season

Paulo Fonseca to leave Roma at end of the season.

The Portuguese coach Paulo Fonseca is set to leave Roma at the end of the season, the Serie A side has announced.

After the performance, compared to last year there is no improvement according to the club as they are in 7th position in the Seria A points table, whereas they finished 5th last season. And this position will not qualify them to play UEFA Champions League once again.

“Over these last two years we have experienced several highs and lows, but I have always given my all for this club and this city – a city that has always been so welcoming,” Fonseca said.

“Even if the results have not always been there on the pitch, we know that he has left many positive elements that will continue to help our development,” Tiago Pinto, the club’s general manager said. “Like the many talented and young players he has encouraged and improved, and our progress in the Europa League this season. We are building a path to success at Roma, and Paulo has played an important role in that.”

Fonseca’s side finished last season at fifth on the standing table and this time they are at seventh position still 4 games left to play. It all happened due to only one game win in the last eight games in Seria A and managing just four points in their last five league games and Roma was hoping to improve then last year to secure top-four to play UEFA Champions League spot. Plus losing the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Manchester United 6-2 last week, and hence the outcome is that Fonseca about to leave.

President Dan Friedkin said:

“On behalf of everyone at AS Roma, we would like to thank Paulo Fonseca for the hard work and leadership shown during these two years.

“Paulo led the team through several challenges, including the Covid pandemic and a change of ownership, and he did so with generosity, fairness, and great character.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and we are confident that he will represent fantastic added value wherever he goes”.

Italian media reports suggest Juventus former coach Maurizio Sarri is being lined up as Fonseca’s replacement and Fonseca will go to Leeds as the club is showing interest.

 

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